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Shoe Factory Collapses in China, Killing 14

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Fourteen people were killed and more than 30 were injured Saturday when a shoe factory in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang collapsed during a weekend shift, local authorities said Monday.

More than 50 people were working in the factory in the city of Wenling when the incident occurred Saturday afternoon.

Forty-two workers were rescued from the ruins of the collapsed facility and taken to the hospital where nine later died from their injuries. Three bodies were removed from the rubble on Sunday and two more on Monday. Nine people emerged unscathed.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation but China Daily has blamed a large fishing pool built on the factory’s roof, saying that workers reported a leak shortly before the catastrophe took place.

Wenling is famed for its footwear industry, allegedly responsible for one in five pairs of shoes available worldwide.

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