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Gas Blamed For Deadly Pakistani Factory Collapse

At least five people are reported to have been killed in the collapse of a factory in Pakistan’s second-biggest city of Lahore.

The dead are reported to include a boy around 12 years old.

The three-story factory is reported to have fallen down after a gas explosion on February 5.

More than 10 people are reported to have been rescued.

Police official Sarfraz Falki said that 50 to 60 people are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

Some reports suggest buildings adjacent to the factory might also have collapsed.

Reports say the factory was involved in the production of medical products.

Emergency officials said authorities were having trouble getting heavy rescue machinery to the area due to narrow streets.

Compiled from Reuters and other agency reports