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36 killed, two missing in China factory fire

Vinnabarta Desk
  • Update Time : Tuesday, November 22, 2022
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Thirty-six people were killed and two were missing after a fire at a factory in central China, state media said Tuesday, citing local authorities.

The fire broke out at a plant in Anyang City in Henan Province on Monday afternoon, news agency Xinhua reported without sharing further details.

State media said rescue services first received reports of a fire at 4:22pm at Kaixinda Trading Co Ltd.

‘After receiving the alarm, the municipal fire rescue detachment immediately dispatched forces to the scene,’ CCTV reported.

‘Public security, emergency response, municipal administration, and power supply units rushed to the scene at the same time to carry out emergency handling and rescue work,’ it said, adding the fire was extinguished by around 11:00pm local time.

Footage from the scene shared by state media showed thick plumes of black smoke from the fire, with at least two trucks in position to battle the flames.

In addition to the dead and missing, two were sent to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, CCTV said.

Authorities said ‘criminal suspects’ had been taken into custody in connection with the fire, but did not provide further details.

No reason has been given for the cause of the blaze.

Industrial accidents are common in China due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcing them.

News of the Anyang City fire followed reports of an explosion at a chemical factory in nearby Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, on Monday.

Videos posted on social media showed a fire at the industrial site spewing dense grey smoke into the sky.

Other images showed nearby buildings strewn with shards of glass and frightened locals fleeing the blast.

‘Personnel were dispatched to the scene, the fire was extinguished, and the human toll is not yet known,’ Dahebao — an official daily based out of neighbouring Henan — reported on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, citing authorities.