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12.09.11

Dozens Killed in Calcutta Fire: Breaking Updates, Tweets, Photos, and More

More than 80 people were killed Friday when a fire ripped through an Indian hospital, trapping the patients and employees. Read breaking updates, tweets, photos and more.

Patients Trapped in Calcutta Hospital
 
A fire broke out in a Calcutta hospital Friday, killing more than 80 people. The dead are mostly patients but include three hospital staff. Most workers abandoned the patients after the blaze broke out, and Indian officials say they'll prosecute the hospital for violating safety procedures. The blaze, which officials believe started in the hospital’s basement, lasted for five hours before fire fighters were able to put it out. Indian police have arrested six hospital workers on charges of culpable homicide.