Fire at a warehouse near India's capital kills 17 people

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(This version of the January 20th story corrects day of the week to Saturday in paragraph 1)

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Seventeen people died after a fire broke out at a warehouse in an industrial area on the outskirts of India’s capital on Saturday, a fire official said.

The blaze happened in a building used to store firecrackers, an official in Delhi’s fire service department said, adding that rescue operations were underway.

In December a fire swept through a rooftop restaurant in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, killing at least 14 people, most of them women attending a birthday party.

Earlier in December, 12 people sleeping in the loft of a store in Mumbai died in a fire.

Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Andrew Bolton