Pakistan

Factory Blazes Kill 39 in Pakistan

Some leapt from buildings to escape flames

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Factory blazes in two of Pakistan's major cities killed 39 people and injured dozens more on Tuesday, including some who leapt from the burning buildings to escape the flames.

First a fire swept through a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 25 people, said senior police officer Multan Khan.

Three people were also injured in the blaze, Khan said. Some of the people died from suffocation while others burned alive when the flames ripped through chemicals used to make the shoes and stored in the building, he said.