Fire­men hailed in hor­ror blaze

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

– Two fire­men who res­cued 27 peo­ple were hailed as he­roes yes­ter­day af­ter Delhi’s dead­li­est fire in decades killed 43, prompt­ing out­rage that safety reg­u­la­tions were yet again ig­nored.

The blaze early on Sun­day ripped through a four-storey build­ing that housed small fac­tory units in the con­gested lanes of the Old Delhi dis­trict while the mi­grant work­ers in­side were asleep.

Fire­fighter Ra­jesh Shukla, who car­ried out 11 peo­ple and was in­jured in the dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion, said he was shocked by the num­ber of peo­ple he found.

“No one in the area in­formed us that so many peo­ple were there in the build­ing, some said there were three or four peo­ple trapped in­side,” Shukla told the Times of In­dia.

He added that if the fire bri­gade had had more in­for­ma­tion sooner, then “we could have saved more lives”.

Yes­ter­day, charred walls and smoke-black­ened win­dows bore a grim tes­ti­mony to the tragedy that un­folded at the cramped premises.

Lo­cals said that all il­le­gal fac­to­ries in the area pull down and lock their shut­ters at night, which gives work­ers time to flee if po­lice raid the premises.

“But this time it proved fa­tal for them as a lot of pre­cious time was lost in try­ing to en­ter the build­ing,” a lo­cal res­i­dent said.

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