Delhi: Fire and explosions at Azad market injure 5 and destroy 3 buildings | Latest Delhi News
At least 14 people, including six firefighters and a policeman, were injured and three buildings collapsed in two fires and cylinder explosions at Azad market in north Delhi and Anand Parbat industrial zone in the central Delhi in the early hours of Saturday, fire and police departments said. No casualties were reported in either incident.
At the Azad market, the fire and subsequent cylinder explosions flattened three buildings – three-story structures housing nearly a dozen shops – and also affected a residential building across the street. road whose occupants emptied their homes and rushed into the alleys after the fire spread. a storage room and offices on the ground and first floors.
The blasts also caused cracks in a few adjacent buildings housing shops, with a fire official saying two buildings adjacent to the collapsed structures were badly damaged.
Deputy Police Commissioner (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said he received a call about the fire at 4.40am, following which a police team rushed to the scene. “Five people were slightly injured by a cylinder explosion in a nearby welding shop,” Kalsi said. It was not immediately clear who the five injured people were.
Five fire tenders were brought in to douse the flames, with teams from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority and National Disaster Response Force working alongside firefighters and police personnel to remove debris from collapsed buildings.
“A case has been filed under ICC Articles 285 (negligent conduct in relation to fire or combustible materials), 336 (whoever commits an act so reckless or negligent as to endanger human life or safety personal injury of another), 337 (whoever causes injury to any person by doing an act so reckless or negligent as to endanger human life or the personal safety of another). Legal action is pending,” Kalsi said.
Firefighters said they have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
The firefighting operation continued late into the evening and affected residents and shopkeepers were seen removing burnt items and broken glass, and cleaning the floors and walls of their apartments and shops throughout the day.
Some residents said the flames were reaching their balconies, with the fire shattering window glass and damaging electrical appliances such as air conditioners, coolers, washing machines and even some kitchen appliances.
“Being the month of Ramzan, all of our family members were awake and preparing for morning prayers when we saw the fire in the electric pole across the building. The flames engulfed the buildings near the electric pole. We informed the police and fire brigade. During the firefighting operation, at least three explosions took place and three buildings collapsed,” said Mohammad Alam, who lives with his wife Shehnaz and two children on the second floor. floor of the residential building affected.
Shehnaz added that several flaming items from stores were thrown across the road due to the impact of the explosions. “We feared that the flames would soon invade our apartments and that our building would collapse, trapping us. We all panicked and left the building. We all arrived on the main road. The situation was horrible. We only came back after firefighters extinguished the flames in our building and declared it safe,” Shehnaz said.
Residents said property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was destroyed in the incident.
Nine injured in Anand Parbat
Meanwhile, in the industrial area of Anand Parbat, a fire broke out at a factory manufacturing electrical appliances, following which nine people were injured when LPG cylinders stored inside exploded during spraying operations.
The nine included six firefighters, a police officer, a person associated with the plant and a security guard.
Delhi Fire Service Chief Atul Garg said the control room received a call at 4.45 a.m. about a factory fire at gali number 4 in the industrial area, following which 10 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
“We admitted the injured firefighters to a private hospital near Karol Bagh. The fire is now under control,” Garg said.
The six injured firefighters have been identified as Ajmer, Samunder, Ankit, Vikas, Rinku Yadav and Rakesh. The identities of the others were not immediately available.
“We extinguished the flames on the ground floor and were heading to the first floor by the staircase when the explosion occurred on this floor. All six of us were trapped in the fire and fell into the stairs due to the impact of the explosion. The building was recently renovated. If it had been an old building, it would have collapsed due to the explosion and cost us our lives” , said an injured firefighter, Ajmer, lying on the hospital bed with burns to his back, face and hands.
Firefighters have not yet determined the cause of the fire.