WORLD : Parade Grandstand Blaze Kills 25

From Times wire service s

A massive blaze today raged through a grandstand crowded with parade spectators in eastern Bihar state, killing at least 25 people and leaving more than 100 others hurt by the fire and stampedes.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that an electrical short circuit sparked the inferno in Jamshedpur, 675 miles southeast of New Delhi. More than 30,000 had gathered there for celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Tata Iron & Steel Co., one of India's largest industrial companies.

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