Bawana inferno: Delhi witnesses second worst fire tragedy in 20 yrs

Bawana fire, Survivor, Bawana Industrial Area

Grieving family members of victims, who died in a factory fire at a warehouse in Bawana, on the outskirts of New Delhi.(Photo: AFP)

Fire at a warehouse in Delhi’s Bawana’s Industrial Area on Saturday, which claimed lives of at least 17 people, is the worst accident since Uphaar theatre tragedy of 13 June 1997.

As many as 59 film-goers lost their lives and over 100 were injured in the devastating fire in 1997 that took place during the screening of Bollywood movie ‘Border’.

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In July 2017, four people of a family, including two children, died due to asphyxiation, while two others were injured in their attempt to escape in an early morning fire at a four-storey building in Dilshad Garden.

The family had gone to sleep after celebrating the birthday of a girl child, Harshu, who had turned 12. She was killed in the fire along with her younger brother, father and grandfather.

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On 30 April 2017, three persons, including a woman and a child, died and three more were injured after fire broke out at a slum area in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar.

Over a 100 people were rendered homeless that Sunday. The cause of that fire has yet not been ascertained.