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Overnight fire at a small shop kills 12 in Mumbai

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NEW DELHI  — An overnight fire at a small shop in Mumbai killed 12 sleeping workers early Monday .

One survivor, 28-year-old Tushar Pawar, told the press that he saw the fire in the center of the workshop area about 4 a.m.

“Those who were outside were able to move out, but those who were inside, they were trapped and could not come out,” he said.

After the fire started 12 workers succumbed to the intense heat and smoke. They were taken to a hospital and declared dead on arrival, he said.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, which gutted the workshop area and the shop itself.

The shop used to make and sell fried snacks and local items including “farsan,” a salty snack enjoyed with tea.

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