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Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 16:55
Philippine factory fire: Death toll rises to 72
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The death toll in a fire that destroyed a shoe factory in the Philippine capital has risen to 72.

Police have vowed to take swift action against those responsible, amid workers' claims of poor health and safety standards.

Police say the fire started when sparks from welding work ignited flammable chemicals near the building's entrance.

The Philippines has lax safety standards and large fires are relatively common, particularly in slum areas.
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