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At least 43 people were killed today in a devastating fire that ripped through a bag factory in the congested old quarter of the Indian capital New Delhi, with survivors describing the screams of scores of trapped workers who were sleeping inside.
The blaze was the worst in Delhi since 59 movie-goers died in a cinema in 1997, with the city's poor planning and enforcement of building and safety regulations often responsible for such deadly incidents.
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Tearful relatives spoke of receiving desperate calls from factory workers begging to be freed from the inferno in the dark, poorly lit premises in the commercial hub of Sadar Bazar from around 5am local time.
One father who was trapped inside the four-storey structure made a desperate phone call to ask that his children be looked after.
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'Monu, brother, I am going to die today,' the man, named Musharaff said in the recording of a call played by the ABP Hindi language news channel.
'Please take care of my kids. I can't breathe. There are so many others here. Just can't breathe,' he kept repeating in Hindi, eventually breaking down towards the end of the call.
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Authorities do not yet know if Musharaff survived the blaze.
One survivor, Sabi Abbas, said he had just finished work and was about to go to sleep when he heard screams from the third floor.
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'I rushed to the floor and saw the wires were dangling and on fire as acrid smoke filled up the corridor,' he said, adding that he ran out of the building with his wife and daughters.
The building was home to a number of manufacturing units producing items including schoolbags and packing materials which only aided the spread of the blaze, officials said.
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