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13 killed in fire at an illegal garment factory in Sahibabad near Delhi
13 people have been killed & several others injured in a fire that broke out at a an illegal garment factory in Sahibabad near Delhi.

The garment factory was being operated from a residential building and the deceased were mostly workers who were sleeping in the factory. While the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, the fire was likely caused by a short circuit.

"The fire broke out at a factory in a residential area of Sahibabad around 4:30 am in the morning. 13 people, who were sleeping there have died and another two or three people are getting treated at the hospital," Bhagwat Singh, local police spokesman told AFP.

Of the 15 people present in the factory, 10 died due to suffocation, 3 due to burn injuries and only two could be rescued.

"The two of them woke up by chance and they screamed for others to wake up while running towards the terrace but others didn't wake up, perhaps it was already late," AFP quoted local fire officer Abbas Hussain.

Hussain also said that the most probably the factory would not have been legal and a proper investigation will ascertain that.

Cases of fire tragedies at factories have seen a continuous increase lately. Last month, eight workers died in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu. In May 2014, a massive fire in a firecracker factory killed 15 people in Madhya Pradesh. In November 2013, fire at a leather bag stitching factory killed six workers in Delhi.

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