East India hospital fire kills at least 40

By REUTERS
December 9, 2011 09:29

 
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NEW DELHI - Fire swept through a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata on Friday, killing at least 40 people, most of them patients, officials said.

The flames had yet to be brought under control and authorities did not know if there were still people trapped inside.

Authorities believe the fire started in the early hours in the basement where flammable materials such as oxygen cylinders were stored.    

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