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Mumbai pharmacy fire kills eight people

A person inspects a pharmacy store after a fire broke out, in Mumbai, India, 30 June 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The victims were asleep on the first floor of the building when the fire broke out

A fire in a pharmacy in India's western city of Mumbai has killed eight people, police said.

One person was seriously injured in the blaze, which broke out in the city's Andheri area early on Thursday, police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said.

Reports said the victims were asleep on the first floor of the building and had been trapped when the fire broke out.

Police are investigating the blaze, amid mixed reports over what might have caused it.

The Press Trust of India agency said a cooking gas cylinder may have exploded, while other reports pointed to a short circuit as a likely cause.

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Image caption Mumbai has been hit by a number of deadly fires in recent years

This is the latest deadly fire to hit Mumbai in recent years.

In October last year, a possible gas cylinder blast killed eight people, most of them students, in a restaurant in Mumbai.

In June, seven people were killed in a fire in a high-rise building. And a month earlier, in May, four firemen were killed in a blaze at another building.

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