Fire in Shop Kills 35 People in Southeastern Benin

A massive fire broke out in southeastern Benin.

Aniruddha Chakraborty
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BY A STAFF REPORTER: At least 35 people were killed in a fire at a shop in southeastern Benin, witnesses said. The fire broke out in Sem-Podji municipality near the Nigeria border.

Prosecutor Abdubaki Adam-Bongle said the shop was gutted in the fire and according to preliminary assessment, 35 people, including a child, were killed. More than 12 people were seriously injured and are being treated at a hospital. "