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17 people die in India factory fire

Staff Writer | January 21, 2018
At least 17 people died on Saturday in New Delhi when a fire broke out in an illegal firecracker storage unit.
India factory fire
Accident   The Bawana industrial area
The fire, which broke out in the Bawana industrial area, trapped about 50 workers inside the storage unit. Emergency officials said the majority of deaths were caused by burns but a few died after inhaling toxic fumes.

One person was injured while escaping the fire by jumping from the third floor of the unit, according to emergency personnel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness about the tragedy, tweeting he is "Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives."

The fatal fire was the third fire incident in Bawana industrial area on Saturday but the other two, which happened in separate factories, did not result in casualties.