At least 43 people died and 16 were injured in a factory fire Wednesday morning in India’s capital city, New Delhi.
Flames engulfed the six-story building while workers slept inside, TRT World reports. Witnesses said the fire took over so quickly that the workers had little time to escape.
It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze.
The factory produced purses, wallets and some plastic bags. Police say the factory, originally constructed as a residential building, violated safety regulations and are investigating if it was operating illegally.
Industrial fires are common in India where employers and builders flaunt the safety codes. The youngest victim of the fire is age 13.