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Fire at German facility for disabled kills 14

BERLIN -- Fourteen people died Monday after a fire broke out in a workshop for disabled people in southwestern Germany, a spokesman for the fire department said. 

Seven people were also injured in the blaze in the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest, but the death toll is not expected to rise further, the spokesman told Reuters 

Automatic fire alarms had alerted the brigade, which had deployed around a hundred firemen. "The fire is under control now," the spokesman said. A police spokesman said there were no indications that it was a case of arson. 

The workshop is believed to have employed around 120 people, the BBC reported.

The facility is run by the Catholic Church's Caritas organization, The Associated Press said.

"It is devastating. We now have to find out how it happened,” the town's mayor, Armin Hinterseh, told the local daily Badische Zeitung (story in German).

Reuters contributed to this report.

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