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Five die in burning building leap

Published 09/05/2013

A man jumps from a nine-storey building that caught fire in Lahore (AP)
A man jumps from a nine-storey building that caught fire in Lahore (AP)
A Pakistani man moments before jumping from the fifth floor of a building that caught fire in Lahore (AP)
Horrified onlookers pray for people stranded in the burning building (AP)

Five people have plunged to their deaths trying to escape a burning government building in eastern Pakistan.

Police officer Maruf Wahla says the death toll could rise, since firefighters have not been able to enter all areas of the nine-storey building in the city of Lahore.

Local TV stations broadcast dramatic footage of people jumping from the Lahore Development Authority building as smoke poured from the windows. A crowd of horrified Pakistanis stood at the base of the building looking up.

Mr Wahla says the fire started with a spark from a generator. Many buildings in Pakistan have their own generators because of frequent power cuts.

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