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Karachi factory blaze kills 289

Updated 11:43 PM ET, Wed September 12, 2012
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Aziz Ahmed, the father of factory worker Asif Aziz who was killed in a blaze in Karachi Wednesday, September 12, 2012, holds his son's photo as he mourns his death. AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani Muslims offer funeral prayers of at least 289 garment factory workers who were killed after fire engulfed the building in Karachi. AFP/Getty Images
An undamaged area of a garment factory following the fire. All the victims were employees of the factory, said Zakir Khan of the Karachi Fire Department. AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani rescuers remove the body of a garment factory worker. One child is among the dead and at least 25 people have been injured, Khan said. AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani firefighters extinguish a fire that erupted in a garment factory. At one stage, firefighters feared dozens of people were trapped in the building's basement.
A Pakistani woman mourns the death of her relatives in the fire. Between 400 and 500 people were in the factory as it burned. Several trapped workers jumped from upper floors, said Mustafa Jamal, a senior government official in Baldia Town.
A Pakistani man mourns the death of relatives. Video broadcast by Geo TV showed large crowds of anxious people outside the smoldering building.
Emergency crews work at the scene of a deadly fire at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, on September 12.
Pakistani residents watch the rescue operation in the garment factory in Karachi. Officials say they don't know the cause of the fire.
Emergency crews work at the scene of a deadly fire at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, on September 12.
A Pakistani woman mourns the death of relatives in the fire.
Emergency crews work at the scene of a deadly fire at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, on September 12.