Leather goods factory are burning in India, and the outcome is terrible. Hell broke out on Sunday, December 8, when a terrible fire destroyed a leather goods factory in New Delhi, India. The outcome is tragic: 43 people died. The fire broke out around 5 am in a building in Anaj Mandi, an ancient district of the Indian capital. The area is very populous, and characterised by narrow alleys that have slowed down the intervention of the fire brigade. The residents were the ones who sounded the alarm.
Trapped on the upper floors
According to the first reconstructions, the four-story building housed an illegal schoolbags, bags and clothing accessories factory. Inside there were also paper and plastic stocks that fed the flames triggered, it seems, by a short-circuit. Inside the building, distributed between the third and fourth floors, slept the workers. We are talking about a hundred people, most of them Muslim emigrants from the State of Bihar. The workers were trapped by the flames in the rooms where they slept, invaded by smoke.
New Delhi police officials explained that about 60 people were recovered by the fire department. Of these, 43 lost their lives mainly due to smoke inhalation. The others were hospitalised in the city. Among the victims there would also be a 13-year-old boy. The police reportedly arrested the owner of the abusive factory.
The tragedy has shaken the entire Indian population. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “The fire at Anaj Mandi in Delhi, on Rani Jhansi Road, is horrible. My thoughts go to all the people who have lost their loved ones”. The prime minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, announced a 1 million rupee compensation for the victims’ families, and 100,000 rupees for those wounded.
Image from thehindu.com