"After reaching the spot it was found out that fire had broken out at the basement ground and first floor of a cracker storage factory".
Rescuers took almost two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.
New Delhi, Jan 20 Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said that the AIIMS and the Safdarjung Hospital were ready to provide all assistance to people injured in a blaze at a firecracker storage unit in Delhi's Bawana area. An investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the blaze, they said.
North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal has rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. "Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana".
Expressing his grief on the large number of casualty in the tragedy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "V sad to hear abt large no of casualties". Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.
Ten fire tenders are at the spot battling the blaze.
A compensation of Rs five lakh each will be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives and Rs one lakh each to the two injured persons, he told reporters. The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into it. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations", Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain has ordered an enquiry into the case. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation. "May those who are injured recover quickly", the prime minister's office tweeted.
"Seventeen people died and two were injured".