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Jalandhar Factory Collapse: Survivors Pulled From Debris Of Blanket Factory (PHOTOS)

By ALTAF QADRI 04/16/12 10:47 AM ET AP

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Indian emergency workers search through the debris of a collapsed factory during a rescue operation in Jalandhar, India, Monday, April 16, 2012. Several people are feared to be trapped after a three-storey building of the factory collapsed after a blast in the factory's boiler, according to local news reports. (AP Photo/Davinder Luther)

JALANDHAR, INDIA -- Officials say a three-story blanket factory has collapsed in northern India, killing at least five people. At least a dozen others are believed trapped under huge piles of broken concrete.

Officials could not say exactly how many people remain missing after pulling dozens of survivors from the debris in Jalandhar, a town in Punjab state.

Nightshift workers at the factory said they heard the building creak before the walls and ceiling crashed down before midnight Sunday.

Officials say rescuers are trying to reach at least one man still alive under the rubble, but unable to move.

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Workers and residents watch rescue operations at the site of a collapsed factory in Jalandhar, India, Monday, April 16, 2012. Several people are feared to be trapped after a three-story building of a factory collapsed after a blast in the factory's boiler, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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