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Nine die in India factory blaze
A leather factory in Calcutta
Calcutta is the hub of tanneries in eastern India
At least nine people have been killed after a fire broke out in a leather factory in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, police said.

Eighteen people were also seriously injured when the blaze swept through the factory, which was located in a four-storey building.

Police were investigating whether the leather factory, in a residential area, was legal.

Calcutta is the hub of the leather industry in eastern India.

Firefighters fought the blaze for hours and rescued a number of people who were living in the building, reports say.

Police official SB Gupta told reporters many people had suffered serious burns.

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