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Five people killed in fire incident

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI):  Five people, including four minors were killed in a fire that broke out in the wee hours here today at a paper-plate making factory in Begum Pur area of Outer Delhi.

The blaze broke out inside the two-room factory around 2:30 AM while five persons, all relatives of its owner, Pintu Shah were sleeping inside.

By the time the flames were controlled, all the five occupants, including Shah’s five-year-old son Niranjan had suffocated to death, police said.

m (15), Shravan Kumar (17) and Nitin (26) who, police said, hailed from Bihar.

Pintu Shah, who owned the factory, was sleeping in a nearby rented accommodation.

“All five died of suffocation because of the smoke,” said a fire official.

The blaze was reported at 3.14 A.M. and eight fire tenders were dispatched to the spot to fight the flames. As the factory had a stockpile of paper-plates and other easily combustible raw material, the fire spread very fast. The flames were completely doused by 5:50 A.M., he added.

“The incident took place at A-305, Rajeev Vihar, in Begum Pur. The cause of the fire is yet to be established but initial investigation suggests that short circuit might have caused the fire. A FSL team has inspected the spot and we are waiting for a report w ich would establish the reason,” said asenior police official.

Those killed were all relatives of the factory owner. A case under section 304A (causing death due to negligence) has been registered in this regard and further investigations are on, he added.

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