Delhi's deadliest fire in 20 years: How a day of untold misery unfolded
Massive fire at Anaj Mandi in Delhi
In pic: Police personnel and onlookers stand near a factory at Rani Jhansi Road where a major fire broke out in New Delhi.
People were sleeping inside the factory
Police and fire department officials said many of the fatalities occurred due to suffocation as the people were sleeping when the fire started at around 5 am on the second floor of the building that did not have fire safety clearance and was packed with combustible material like cardboards.
In pic: Charred goods are seen inside a factory that caught fire in New Delhi.
While 43, including one minor, died, 16 were injured.
Two fire department personnel were hurt while carrying out rescue work, officials said.
In pic: A view of the damage caused by a fire in a factory at Rani Jhansi Road in New Delhi.
The Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the tragedy, the worst fire accident in the national capital since the 1997 Uphaar cinema blaze that claimed 59 lives, and sought a report within seven days.
In pic: Rehan, the owner of the building where a fire broke out, being arrested by Delhi Police.
What aggravated the fire
The building was packed with cardboards, plastic wrappings, garments, rexine, plastic toys and packaging items, aggravating the fire and resulting in dense smoke which suffocated the people trapped inside.
In pic: A family member of a victim who was trapped in a fire at a factory in Rani Jhansi Road sobs as he speaks on the phone outside the mortuary of Lok Nayak Hospital, in New Delhi.
Narrow lanes of Anaj Mandi
A preliminary probe suggested that a short-circuit triggered the blaze. Power discom BYPL said the fire began due to "internal system" trouble.
In pic: Charred remains after a major fire broke out in a factory at Rani Jhansi Road, in New Delhi.