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More than 60 birthday party-goers collapsed with carbon-monoxide poisoning when organisers set up a barbecue inside a warehouse to avoid wet weather.

Police and paramedics rushed 28 revellers to hospital as guests at the bash in Lausanne, Switzerland, began to keel over.

Investigators say the level of fumes in the building were five times higher than legally permitted.

"Between the fumes, and the lack of oxygen people began to feel faint very quickly. Twelve people are still in hospital," said a police spokesman.

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