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Massive fire engulfs Pakistani factory

October 29, 2012
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KARACHI, Pakistan — Firefighters spent more than 30 hours controlling a fire that erupted in the chemical warehouse of a plastic bag-manufacturing factory in Karachi, Pakistan, late Saturday night, The Express Tribune reported.

The fire engulfed large portions of the five-story building, causing parts to collapse.

An adjoining warehouse containing rice also caught fire, but it was quickly extinguished.

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Karachi administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said the building’s structure had been weakened significantly and it will have to be torn down.

The factory employs about 600 workers.

No injuries were reported.

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