Bawana fire: AIIMS, Safdarjung ready to provide assistance,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the death of 17 people in a huge fire at a plastic warehouse in west Delhi's Bawana area.

"One body was found in the basement and three on the ground floor".

Rescuers took almost two hours to put out the fire as the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.

"We have alerted the AIIMS and the Safdarjung Hospital to keep beds and emergency services ready to attend to any victims from the fire", Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said.

In November, a massive fire at a plastic factory in the northern city of Ludhiana left 13 people dead, including three firefighters who were killed when the building collapsed.

North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal also visited the site and took a swipe at Kejriwal as the area falls under DSIIDC.

"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire".

While the fire department said the blaze occurred at a firecracker storage unit, the DCP had said they are yet to confirm this.

However, Delhi Police put the number of casualties in the incident at 4. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately to douse the fire. Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.

"My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives".

The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the fire. "Keeping a close watch on rescue operations", Kejriwal said in a tweet. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation.

The bodies are kept at the mortuary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital while the two injured people, including 40-year-old Sunita Devi, are admitted to Maharshi Valmiki hospital.