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Death toll in Pakistan factory blazes rises to 85

Associated Press
A Pakistani fireman tries to extinguish a factory fire on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012  in Lahore, Pakistan. A fire that broke out in a factory in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday after sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes killed dozens of  people, a Pakistani police officer said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani hospital official says at least 60 people have been killed in a fire that raged in a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi, bringing the death toll in two deadly fires in the country to 85.

The head of the emergency department at the Civil Hospital in Karachi, Tariq Kamal Ayubi, said Wednesday morning that 60 bodies had been taken to the hospital. He said many were so badly burned that it was impossible to tell whether they were male or female.

The fire in Karachi, Pakistan's economic heart, was one of two deadly blazes to erupt in Pakistan late Tuesday. The other at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore killed 25 people.

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