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Market fire kills at least 18 in east Indian city

3:33 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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KOLKATA, India (AP) -- A top Indian fire official says at least 18 people have been killed in an early morning fire at a market in the eastern city of Kolkata.

West Bengal fire minister Javed Khan says the blaze broke out before 4 a.m. Wednesday. He says it was caused by a short circuit.

He says the fire was releasing toxic gasses that were hampering rescue efforts.

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