KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the death toll from devastating factory fires that broke out in two major cities has risen to 97.
Hospital official Tariq Kaleem says the fire at a garment factory in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi killed 72 people. A blaze at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore killed 25 people.
Senior police official Amjad Farooqi says firefighters were still trying to subdue the Karachi blaze on Wednesday. Dozens more were injured in the blazes that erupted late Tuesday.
Firefighter chief Ehtisham-ud-Din says most of the garment factory deaths were caused by suffocation as people caught in the basement were unable to escape. Firefighters believe 25 people could still be in the basement.