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Chemicals factory fire kills at least 3 in India,…

NEW DELHI (AP) – Police say a fire that started in a chemicals factory spread to three others in western India, killing at least three workers and injuring 13.

Police officer Manjunath Shinge says the bodies were recovered early Friday hours after the fire started at the factory in Palghar district in Maharashtra estate.

The fire was set off by a boiler explosion, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

The blaze gutted three other factories before it was controlled by fire engines, the Press Trust of India quoted Shinge as saying.

It wasn’t clear if the casualties were only in the factory where the fire started. The injured were hospitalized.

Fires at Indian factories are common as many don’t follow safety laws and some lack sprinklers and other firefighting equipment.

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