Market fire kills 11 in Pakistan

2014-12-29 22:43
Lahore disaster scene. (Arif Ali, AFP)

Lahore disaster scene. (Arif Ali, AFP)

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Lahore - A fire erupted in a busy market in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 11 people and injuring four others, officials said.

An electrical short circuit in a four-storey building was the probable cause of the fire in Anarkali bazaar where electronic items, lighters, and sunglasses are manufactured and sold, officials said.

"At least 11 people, including a woman, were killed and four others injured," Mohammad Usman, a government officer in Lahore, told AFP.

Rescue department spokesperson Jam Sajjad confirmed the casualties and said that most of the deaths occurred due to suffocation.

Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan and capital of politically influential wheat bowl Punjab province.

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