Fire breaks out in battery factory in Delhi; one fireman trapped inside

Fire breaks out in battery factory in Delhi; one fireman trapped inside

Agency News

One fireman has got injured while engaged in a rescue operations following the breaking out of fire at a battery factory in west Delhi's Peeragarhi in the early hours of Thursday.

Two of the three firefighters who got trapped under the debris of the factory following an untoward incident of explosion which resulted in the collapse of factory structure, was saved. A worker of the factory was also rescued. All three suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The blast occurred during the rescue operations. The police said 14 others are injured. Thirty-five fire engines are at the site. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is helping in the rescue operation.

The fire department received a call for help at 4:30 am, officials said, adding they initially sent seven fire engines to the factory. At 9 am, in the middle of rescue operations, an explosion happened which led to the bringing down the structure. It is suspected the origination of the explosion may be an overheated battery.

In visuals, black smoke is seen billowing out from the factory. The rescuers said they are advancing with extreme caution as the smoke from the batteries is toxic.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is closely monitoring the situation. "Very sad to hear this. I'm closely monitoring the situation. The fire personnel are trying their best. Praying for the safety of those trapped," Mr Kejriwal said.