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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Burned alive: Over 270 killed in Pakistan factory fires (PHOTOS) — RT

Deadly fires gutted two factories in Pakistan, killing more than 270 people. Rescue work at the sites is currently underway. In both incidents, the blazes trapped many employees.
The fire in Karachi, the country’s economic capital, began on Tuesday evening and raged throughout the night, with some 40 firefighting vehicles and crews dispatched to combat the blaze. The five-story building was still smoldering on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses reported that the blaze spread at astounding speed, which left workers in the factory struggling to escape. The factory’s gates were closed, trapping workers inside.
"I jumped from my seat as did others and rushed toward the windows, but iron bars on the windows barred us from escaping. Some of us quickly took tools and machines to break the iron bars," Mohammad Ilyas, an injured factory worker told the AP. "That was how we managed to jump out of the windows down to the ground floor."
Fire raging at the factory building in Karachi. AP video still.
Pakistani firefighters and medical personnel take part of rescue operation in Karachi.(AFP Photo / Asif Hassan)

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