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'Extremely horrific' fire at New Delhi factory kills at least 43 workers

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a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Emergency services at the scene of the deadly fire that swept through a factory in New Delhi © Reuters Emergency services at the scene of the deadly fire that swept through a factory in New Delhi At least 43 people have died in India's capital New Delhi after a fire swept through a factory where workers were sleeping, government officials have said.

Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and more than 50 people have been moved to safety, a Delhi Fire Service official said.

The blaze broke out around 5.30am on Sunday in the six-storey building which is in a busy residential area.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: More than 50 people have been rescued © Reuters More than 50 people have been rescued

The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the fire spread quickly, local media reported.

However, no details were immediately available on the cause of the fire.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as "extremely horrific".

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a joint statement after meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at Hyderabad House  on November 29, 2019 in New Delhi, India.  (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) © 2019 Hindustan Times NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a joint statement after meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at Hyderabad House on November 29, 2019 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

"My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery," Mr Modi tweeted.

Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy, he said.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

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In 1997, a fire in a cinema in New Delhi killed 59 people.

In February this year, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-storey hotel, also in the Indian capital that started in an unauthorised rooftop kitchen.

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