- Buildings collapse in western Delhi, many of which include trapped firefighters
- The factory building collapsed after catching fire in the Peera Garhi area
- Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he is closely monitoring the situation.
A worker is trapped under the rubble of a battery factory in Peera Garhi, in western Delhi, after it caught fire and the structure collapsed after an explosion, authorities said. Two firefighters and a worker have been rescued. They suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
Thirty-five fire trucks are on site. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on site.
The fire department received a call for help at 4:30 a.m., authorities said, adding that they initially sent seven fire trucks to the factory.
At 9 am, an explosion suspected of being an overheated battery went through the back of the building, knocking down the structure.
In the images, black smoke is seen leaving the factory. Rescuers said they move with extreme caution since the smoke from the batteries is toxic. They said they removed flammable material from the building.
Delhi’s Prime Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said he is closely monitoring the situation. “Very sad to hear this. I am closely monitoring the situation. Firefighters are doing everything possible. Praying for the safety of those caught,” Kejriwal said.