Forty-three people were killed when a fire broke out at a luggage manufacturing factory in a crowded area in north Delhi. Most of the people who died were laborers who were sleeping at the factory in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road when the fire broke out at 5 am on December 8th.
The cause of the fire is not known, officials said, adding that over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the fire broke out. The fire is suspected to have started at the workshop of the bag manufacturing factory.
At least 100 people were sleeping inside the factory, which mainly makes school bags, when the fire started.
This incident is the worst fire tragedy seen by the city since a similar incident in Bawana last year in which 17 laborers were burned to death.
Many factories and small manufacturing units in big Indian cities are often located in old, cramped quarters of the cities, where the cost of land is relatively cheaper.
Such units often also serve as sleeping quarters for poor, mostly migrant laborers and workers, who manage to save money by sleeping overnight at their workplaces.
Local media reported that the owner of the factory, named as Rehan, had been arrested.