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Deaths in factory fires in Pakistan up to 271

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani officials say the death toll from devastating factory fires that broke out in two major cities has risen to 271.

Senior government official Sagheer Ahmad said Wednesday that the fire at a garment factory in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi killed 246 people.

A blaze at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, which also broke out Tuesday night, killed 25 people.

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.

Ahmad says the death toll is likely to rise because rescue workers are still pulling bodies from the site in Karachi.

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