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At least 25 dead in Lahore shoe factory fire

September 11, 2012

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People stand as rescue work is carried out at the factory where fire broke out in Lahore. – Photo by AP
People stand as rescue work is carried out at the factory where fire broke out in Lahore. – Photo by AP

LAHORE: At least 25 workers were killed on Tuesday when fire erupted inside shoe factory in Lahore, DawnNews reported.

Rescue teams have recovered several injured workers, who were then shifted to Mayo Hospital.

“Five injured persons were brought here, (the) condition of three of them is critical,” doctor Zahid Pervaiz, medical superintendent of the main Mayo Hospital told AFP.

Fire crews succeeded in controlling the blaze after several hours and rescue workers had evacuated all those trapped inside the factory.

Five more bodies and 13 more workers with severe burns were brought to Mian Munshi hospital, a doctor there said.

The factory, which is located at Band Road in Gulshan-i-Ravi, caught from its generator.

Medical Officer of Mayo hospital Zahid Pervez confirmed the death toll.

According to DawnNews, fire-fighting teams have been successful in containing 85 per cent of the fire.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has “expressed shock and grief over the loss of precious lives and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured”, his media office said.