Pakistan: 5 plunge to death from burning building

PAKISTAN

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Police say 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-story building in the city of Lahore.

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

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

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