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Fire kills 14 at German workshop for disabled


AT LEAST 14 people have died after a major fire broke out in a workshop for handicapped people in south-western Germany.

Seven people were also injured in the blaze in the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest, but the death toll is not expected to rise further, the spokesman said.

The workshop is believed to have employed about 120 disabled people.

The blaze occurred at about 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT) in the two-storey modern building, located some 40km (25 miles) east of the city of Freiburg.

The entire building was in flames, local TV reported, and smoke was still billowing out more than an hour after the fire started.

About 50 people are reckoned to have been in the building at the time.

Automatic fire alarms had alerted the brigade, which had deployed around a hundred firemen. "The fire is under control now," the spokesman said. A police spokesman said there were no indications that it was a case of arson.