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Blaze in illegal Kolkata market kills 19

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A fire swept through a six-storey building housing illegal shops in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata in the early hours of Wednesday, killing 19 workers sleeping in the building, local officials said. 

An Indian firefighter gestures as he attempts to control a blaze in the Surya Sen market building in Kolkata on February 27, 2013. The fire swept through the six-storey building, killing 19 people who were unable to escape the inferno, local officials said.

Hundreds of firefighters battled the flames at the Surya Sen market near the railway station in the centre of the colonial-era capital, where decrepit and poorly maintained buildings with faulty wiring are vulnerable to fires.

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