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More than 40 dead in Delhi bag factory fire

A large fire has swept through a bag factory in the Indian capital Delhi, killing 43 workers, officials say, the BBC reports.

The blaze broke out at the four-storey building in the city’s congested old quarter early on Sunday morning.

At least 100 people were sleeping inside the factory, which mainly makes school bags, when the fire started. More than 60 have been rescued.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the fire “horrific” and sent his condolences.

Delhi’s firefighters received the first call about the fire at 05:22 local time on Sunday (23:52 GMT Saturday).

The fire began on the lower storeys, spreading rapidly to the third floor where workers were sleeping.

The area where the factory is located – Azad Market – has many narrow alleyways, which made it difficult to reach the blaze.

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