One arrested in connection with Delhi warehouse fire that killed 17

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:49 GMT, Jan 21, 2018 |

Police arrested a man on Sunday (January 21) in connection with a fire that broke out at a warehouse and killed 17 people in an industrial area on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The blaze happened in a building used to store firecrackers which was being used by accused identified as Manoj Jain to make firecrackers, said media reports.

Delhi Police Public Relations Officer, Dependra Pathak said Jain had taken the warehouse on rent and was running it illegally.

An investigation into the matter was underway, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced compensation of 5,00,00 rupees ($ 7832) to the family of the deceased and 1,00,000 rupees ($ 1566) to the injured.

The incident comes after a major fire in December last year that swept through a rooftop restaurant in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, killing at least 14 people, most of them women attending a birthday party.

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