Peeragarhi fire: 1 fireman dead; LG, CM condole

Peeragarhi fire: 1 fireman dead; LG, CM condole

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New Delhi, Jan 2: A Delhi Fire Services personnel who was trapped in the fire which broke out in a battery factory in Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi, has succumbed to his injuries at a hospital on Thursday.

A total of 17 people were injured in a fire which broke out in a Okaya battery factory in Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi in the wee hours on Thursday. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed grief over the loss of life of the fireman in the Peeragarhi fire incident. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Baijal said,'Deeply anguished over news of death of fire operator Amit Balyan Amit who along with his team members fought bravely to save lives of many people. I salute his bravery. My sincere condolences to his family members. All possible assistance to be extended to the injured & bereaved family.'

Mr Kejriwal said,' I am saddened to inform that one firefighter lost his life while saving others from the blaze. Our firemen save lives by putting their lives under extremely risky conditions. May his soul rest in peace.' Meanwhile, Delhi Government Minister Satyendar Jain visited Action Balaji Hospital to meet the firefighters who got injured during the rescue operation in Udyog Nagar fire site. 'Deeply saddened over the unfortunate fire incident in Peeragadi. Met the injured.

Pray for their speedy recovery. Brave firemen are putting all efforts to douse the fire and rescue people. Directed authorities to provide all possible help on urgent basis,' Mr Baijal said in a tweet earlier.

'A call was received at 0412 hrs that a fire broke out in a battery factory in D 7 Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi and 35 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames,' a fire official said. 'During rescue operations, a blast occurred, causing the collapse of the factory building in which people, including fire brigade personnel got trapped,' the official said. 'A total of 17 people, which includes 16 firefighters got injured in the incident,' he said. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospital. The rescue operations are still underway. (UNI)