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Dozens of workers feared dead in slipper factory fire in suburb of Philippine capital

  • Firemen yell for a hose as they try to put out a fire at a still-smoldering Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Firemen yell for a hose as they try to put out a fire at a still-smoldering Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A fireman throws a hose at colleagues at a still-smoldering Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. A fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    A fireman throws a hose at colleagues at a still-smoldering Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. A fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives wait for news on the fate of their loved ones following a fire that gutted Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Relatives wait for news on the fate of their loved ones following a fire that gutted Kentex rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The fire gutted the factory, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by inferno, officials said. Fire officials said there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

A mayor and fire officials in a suburb of the Philippine capital say dozens of workers are feared dead in a fire that razed a rubber slipper factory.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city north of Manila said at least 62 people were reported missing by their relatives and that fire officials say no one survived in the building after the fire was put under control.

District Fire Marshall Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu says he was among the first to reach the second floor of the gutted building after the fire and saw "numerous bodies," many charred beyond recognition.

Gatchalian says the fire apparently was ignited from sparks from welding works at the building's main entrance door.