‘Extremely horrific’ fire at New Delhi factory kills at least 43 workers

At least 43 people have died in India’s capital New Delhi after a fire swept through a factory where workers were sleeping, police have said.

Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and more than 50 people have been moved to safety, a Delhi Fire Service official said.

The blaze broke out around 5.30am on Sunday in the six-storey building which is in a busy residential area.

The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building, causing the fire to spread quickly, local media reported.

However, no details were immediately available on the cause of the fire.

Emergency services respond to the blaze in central New Delhi
Image: More than 50 people have been rescued

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as “extremely horrific”.

“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery,” Mr Modi tweeted.

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Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy, he said.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In 1997, a fire in a cinema in New Delhi killed 59 people.

In February this year, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-storey hotel, also in the Indian capital that started in an unauthorised rooftop kitchen.

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