Fire leaves 21 dead at Pakistani wedding party

December 17, 2006 06:52

A fire erupted in a wedding tent in eastern Pakistan, triggering a stampede and a wall collapse that killed 21 women and children, police said Sunday. More than 30 other people in the wedding party late Saturday night in Jhok Utra, a village about 120 kilometers west of Multan, area police officer Khadim Hussain Khadim said. Heat from high-intensity lights apparently sparked the fire in the huge, canvas tent where more than 100 women and children, many singing wedding songs, were present, Khadim said.

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