At least 13 workers have been feared dead with dozens injured on Friday morning after a fire broke out in a ‘suspected illegal’ garment factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi.
According to the spokesman, a short circuit in an electrical wire had caused the fire but an investigation would determine the cause with certainty.
Also, Uttar Pradesh state authorities said nine other workers were injured – four of them seriously.
Speaking on the incident, a local fire officer, Abbas Hussain, said the factory was most likely illegal.
The blaze started in the early hours of the morning in the factory, a converted house used to make leather jackets, with a narrow stairway into the basement where the workers slept.
However, a dozen fire engines put the flames under control after several hours.