New Delhi factory fire kills at least 43, authorities investigate cause : International de

Photo:Firefighting efforts were hampered due to the crowded and narrow streets near the fire.

Kishore Singh said rescuers brought victims to his government-run hospital and two others in the city.

Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and were in stable condition, Dr Singh said.

More than two dozen police officers stood guard outside the Lok Nayak hospital, keeping a crowd of people from entering.

Relatives of the workers cried, consoled one another and jostled for information.

Families desperately seek information on loved ones

Many of the families gathered at the hospital said they came from the impoverished border state of Bihar in eastern India, including Mohammad Moti, who was searching for his 22-year-old nephew, Mohammad Chedi.

“I was told by someone my nephew is inside, but I haven’t seen him,” Mr Moti said.

Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the blaze was put out by 25 fire trucks and that the rescue operation was completed.

An ambulance driving through a large crowd of people

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“I got a call from his friend informing that he has been injured in the incident,” he said.

“I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to.”

New Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, also appeared at the scene of the fire, promising compensation for victims’ families.

Manoj Tiwari, a politician from New Delhi, said most of the casualties occurred on the third floor of the building.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as “extremely horrific.”