Delhi fire kills 17: Two jumped from terrace, survive

It took three hours to put out the fire. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 21, 2018, 06.10 AM (IST)

The massive fire that broke out in Delhi's Bawana industrial area on Saturday evening caused the deaths of 17 people, including 10 women.

Two people however -- a man and women -- miraculously managed to escape after they jumped off the terrace of the third-floor building. 

The two suffered injuries, and have been admitted to hospital.

The Delhi Fire Service received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the fire department said, adding the blaze has been brought under control.

G C Mishra, Director, Delhi Fire Service, said the fire was doused by 9.20 pm but search and rescue operations continued. "We are taking no chance. We don't have a definite number of people who were in the building when the fire broke out," he said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was attacked by the opposition for visiting the site almost five hours after the fire began, has ordered an inquiry into the incident. 

The factory owner had a licence to run a plastic factory but was instead running a firecracker storage unit, news reports earlier quoted the police as saying.