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17 Dead in Vietnam Shoe Factory Fire

Scene of a burnt shoe factory in Haiphong port city, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2011
Scene of a burnt shoe factory in Haiphong port city, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2011

Vietnamese authorities said Saturday that a fire at a shoe factory in the northern port city of Haiphong killed 17 people and seriously injured another 21.

Police said the fire is believed to have been started Friday afternoon by welding equipment.  The building had only one exit and the fire spread so fast that many workers were not able to escape.

Officials said 13 people died of burns and smoke inhalation at the scene and four other badly-burned victims died at a hospital Saturday morning.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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