At least 17 people were killed and two injured in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in Bawana. The fire, which started at the storage unit on the ground floor of a two-storey building, ripped through the structure.
Ten women and seven men were killed, another fire official said, noting that a man and woman have been injured. The two injured have been admitted to a hospital.
The police also confirmed 17 people were killed and said an FIR has been registered.
An investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the fire. The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the inferno at the factory around 6.20 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
The fire department said that the blaze has been brought under control.
One body was recovered from the basement, three from the ground floor and 13 from the first floor.
One person sustained fractures after he jumped from the second floor to save himself, Mishra said.
He said the fire was doused by 9.20 pm, but search and rescue operations were underway.
"We are taking no chance. We don't have a definite number of people who were in the building when the fire broke out," G C Mishra, Director, Delhi Fire Service said.
The police said the people were either charred or got choked to death.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the death of people in the fire. "My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.