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Man killed in Narela factory fire

A 32-year-old man was burnt to death after a fire broke out at a shoe factory in outer Delhi’s Narela, the police said on Sunday.

The body was beyond recognition and it is suspected to be of security guard Mangal Mandal, a resident of Bihar, they said.

Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said they received a call regarding the fire around 12.45 a.m. “The fire started from the ground floor of the factory and spread to the other floors. A total of 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour,” he said.

Mandal’s body was near the stairs on the top floor of the factory, the official said, adding that the floor’s gate was locked from the inside.

“We suspect that he was trying to escape but got stuck in the building as raw material inside the factory created a lot of smoke,” the fire official said, adding that the victim worked on the night shift. All three stories were engulfed in the blaze.

Factory owner Praveen Kumar told the police that it was a holiday on Saturday and only Mandal was inside. We are probing if there was any other person trapped inside,” said Gaurav Sharma, DCP (Outer North).

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