At least 55 people were killed in a fire at a mattress factory in Casablanca, Morocco, on Saturday, as 200 firefighters battled the blaze for three hours. An angry crowd outside the four-storey building accused the factory owner of blocking the doors and emergency exit, the Associated Press reports.
VOICE OF ROSS SIMPSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: At least 55 people are dead and dozens injured after a fire swept through this mattress factory in Morocco’s capital. According to the country’s official news agency, the blaze started on the ground floor and quickly spread through the four-story structure. It took about 200 firefighters to battle the blaze, which was tamped out within three hours but soon rekindled—more than eight hours after the fire started. They used a crane to hose down the smoking rubble. Officials say they still aren’t sure what caused the accident, but they say they did discover several flammable chemicals inside the factory. Authorities are also looking into claims that the building was locked and the emergency exits were blocked. Ross Simpson, the Associated Press.
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