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Thirteen killed in India factory fire

A man looks for his belongings at the scene where a fire broke out in a garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi, India, 11 November 2016. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Police said the workers were sleeping when the fire broke out in the factory

At least 13 people have died in a fire that broke out at a garment factory in the northern Indian city of Ghaziabad.

Police said three people also suffered injuries and were receiving treatment.

The fire started at 4:30am (local time), most likely due to an electrical fault, and it took several hours for the fire brigade to bring the blaze under control, they added.

Fires break out regularly in small factories around the country due to poor maintenance and safety measures.

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Image caption The fire started early morning

Local police spokesperson Bhagwat Singh told the AFP news agency that the workers were sleeping when the fire broke out in the factory in Ghaziabad, a Delhi suburb.

The factory reportedly manufactures leather jackets.

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