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Valenzuela Factory Fire May Have Left Dozens Dead In Philippine Suburb

05/13/2015 05:30 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT
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A woman cries as she and others wait for news of their relatives after a fire gutted a footwear factory in Valenzuela city suburban Manila on May 13, 2015. At least three people have been killed in a fire at a plastics factory in Manila, officials said on May 13, with fears that others could be trapped in the building. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, Philippines - A mayor and fire officials in a suburb of the Philippine capital say dozens of workers are feared dead in a fire that razed a rubber slipper factory.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city north of Manila said at least 62 people were reported missing by their relatives and that fire officials say no one survived in the building after the fire was put under control.

District Fire Marshall Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu says he was among the first to reach the second floor of the gutted building after the fire and saw "numerous bodies," many charred beyond recognition.

Gatchalian says the fire apparently was ignited from sparks from welding works at the building's main entrance door.

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