Fire swept through factory in New Delhi early today, killing 43 people thought to be workers sleeping between shifts. The blaze, which also left 16 hospitalized, broke out in a multi-level garment-making business in the city's crowded old quarter. One man at the scene said his brother called to say he was trapped inside by fire and had not been heard from since. A local police official said the fire was accelerated by plastic packaging material.
What's the cause? That's being investigated, along with whether the small manufacturer was operating legally. A February New Delhi hotel fire started in an illegal rooftop kitchen, killing 17.