A massive fire broke out early morning in Delhi's Anaj Mandi area on Sunday in which at least 43 people have died so far. Rescue and fire department officials have so far rescued around 50 people. Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital.
8:09 pm: Fireman Rajesh Shukla who rescued 11 persons today in Delhi Fire, is admitted at LNJP Hospital;says,"I want to appeal to all to convey right information about any fire incident at the earliest. We could've saved more lives today as well,if we had more information a little earlier."
6:40 pm: BJP's Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan met injured in the hospital
5:48 pm: Delhi Police have now arrested Rehan, the owner of the building where a fire broke out earlier today, claiming lives of 43 people. A case has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code against him.
5:47 pm: Union Minister and BJP MP from Chandni Chowk Dr. Harsh Vardhan visited Delhi Fire incident site. He said, "What has happened today is very painful. I'm now going to meet the injured at LNJP Hospital. We are trying that the best possible care is provided to the injured."
5:29 pm: Ashwini Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare met the injured at LNJP hospital.
5:18 pm: Delhi Police have detained Rehan, the owner of the building where a fire broke out earlier today, claiming lives of 43 people. A case has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code against him.
4:48 pm: A fire had broken out yesterday, in a factory building behind the site at Anaj Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, where the fire broke out earlier today. Fire was doused and no casualties were reported.
3:38 pm: A case has been registered against Rehan, the owner of the building where the fire broke out. Rehan is currently absconding.
Rehan (in pic), the owner of the building where a fire broke out earlier today, claiming lives of 43 people. A case has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code against him and he is currently absconding. #DelhiFire pic.twitter.com/LBGx0msMED— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2019
3:10 pm: AAP MP Sanjay Singh lashed out at Municipal Corporation of Delhi and asked how did it allow the factory to run inside a house. He said that since Delhi Fire Service had not given a NOC to the factory, it was the responsibility of the MCD to shut the factory.
2:23 pm: Building had no fire clearance and no fire safety equipment were found: Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said.
2: 00 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakhs each to the victims of Delhi Fire incident who hail from Bihar.
1: 35 pm: Rescue operation still underway.
1: 30 pm: Someone has to take responsibility, says BJP MP Gautam Gambhir.
"I do not wish to indulge in politics but there must be an investigation into the incident. Someone has to take responsibility, it is a tragic incident," he said.
12: 46 pm: Prime Minister's Office announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to tragic fire in Delhi. The PM has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the fire.
12: 40 pm: Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal met the injured admitted at LNJP hospital.
12: 35 pm: Owner of building absconding
Rehan, the owner of the building against whom a case has been registered under section 304 IPC, is currently absconding: Delhi Police DCP North Monika Bhardwaj.
12: 20 pm: Case registered under section 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against owner of the building.
12: 10 pm: Short circuit caused fire, case transferred to Crime Branch: Delhi police
"43 people dead, injured admitted to LNJP and Lady Hardinge hospitals. Prima facie it appears short circuit caused fire. Plastic material at the spot caused a lot of smoke. Case transferred to Crime Branch, forensics team to arrive at the spot soon," sayd MS Randhawa, PRO Delhi Police.
12: 00 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in a massive fire.
Saddened to hear about the devastating fire in Delhi. My heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. I wish the injured a speedy recovery— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 8, 2019
11: 44 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday expressed her deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the fire at a factory here and urged authorities of the central and state governments to provide all assistance to victims and their kin.
11: 30 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Rs 10 lakh relief to kin of dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured.
"It is a very sad incident. I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into it. Compensation Rs 10 lakhs each to be given to families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the govt," Kejriwal said.
11: 25 am: President Kovind tweets on Delhi Anaj Mandi fire and expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident and wished a speedy recovery to those who got injured.
दिल्ली की अनाज मंडी में आग लगने की दुखद खबर सुनकर बहुत पीड़ा हुई है।— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 8, 2019
मेरी गहन संवेदना प्रभावित परिवारों के साथ हैं। मैं घायलों के जल्द स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूँ।
स्थानीय प्रशासन लोगों को बचाने और मदद मुहैया कराने की भरसक कोशिश कर रहा है — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
11: 25 am: Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the spot of fire incident on Rani Jhansi Road.
11: 20 am: BJP MP from North East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari visits Delhi fire incident site. Announced financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakhs each to families of those who have lost their lives and Rs. 25000 to injured.
"It's a sad incident. As per initial info,fire broke out due to short circuit.BJP will provide financial assistance of Rs5 lakhs each to families of those who have lost their lives&Rs25000 to injured"
10: 54 am: LNJP hospital confirmed to India TV that smoke inhalation was the primary cause of death.
10: 34 am: A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) arrived at the incident spot.
10: 18 am: Death toll rose to 43 , News agency ANI reported.
10: 12 am: The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
"My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy".
The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2019
10:05 am: Bharatiya Janata Party national working president JP Nadda has expressed anguish at the loss of lives in the Delhi fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi. He said, "My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked @BJP4delhi karykartas to provide all possible assistance to those affected."
Extremely anguished by the loss of lives in fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, Delhi. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked @BJP4delhi karykartas to provide all possible assistance to those affected.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) December 8, 2019
10:00 am: Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal says deaths in Anaj Mandi fire tragic, firemen doing their best
"V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals," tweets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as death toll in Anaj Mandi fire rises to 35.
V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals. https://t.co/nWwoNB4u3Q— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 8, 2019
9:50 am: The death toll rose to 32 with and then to 35. The police sources said that the number of casualties could further rise
9:40 am: The death toll started rising: The death toll rose to 10 as per initial reports.
9:30 am: As per initial reports, 50 people were rescued and taken to LNJP hospital
5:30 am-9:30 am: Rescue operation went on for four hours in which over 30 fire brigades were put to service.
5: 30 am: Since the distance between the spot of fire and the fire station is hardly 1.5 km, the 3 fire brigades reach the spot in less than 10 minutes.
5: 22 am: Firestation Cannaught Place received a call from the the Anaj Mandi road where the fire had broken out. Immediately 3 firebrigades were dispatched.