38 dead in a factory fire in central China

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Authorities said suspects connected to the incident were placed under police control

A factory fire killed 38 people and injured two in central China, it said state media on Tuesday, citing local authorities.

The fire started in a factory in the city of Anyang, in Henan province, on Monday afternoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

“After receiving the alarm, the municipal fire rescue detachment was immediately dispatched to the scene,” CCTV said.

“Public security units, emergency response, municipal administration and power supply rushed to the scene at the same time to handle the urgency and the rescue work,” he added.

According to this outlet, the fire was extinguished around 11:00 p.m. local time.

Images recorded at the location collected by state media showed thick columns of smoke rising above the fire, which two fire trucks were struggling to put out.

Another video shows the charred skeleton of the building once the flames were extinguished.

In addition to the 38 deceased, there are other two people hospitalized but without their lives being at risk, indicated CCTV.

The authorities indicated that there are “criminal suspects” in custody in connection with this fire, but did not provide further details.

Until now, no possible reasons for the fire have been indicated.

Recurring accidents

Industrial accidents are common in China, often caused by a lax enforcement of safety regulations.

On Monday there was also an explosion at a chemical factory near Taiyuan, the provincial capital neighboring Shanxi, which caused a thick cloud of gray smoke in the area.

“The team was dispatched to the scene, the fire was extinguished. The human balance is still unknown,” the official daily Dahebao said on the Weibo platform.

38 dead in a factory fire in central China

In June, one person was killed and another injured by an explosion at a chemical plant in Shanghai.

Last year, a gas explosion killed 25 people and reduced several buildings to rubble in the city of Shiyan, in the center of the country.

In March 2019, an explosion at a chemical factory in Yancheng , 260 kilometers from Shanghai, killed 78 people and destroyed houses within a radius of several kilometers.

And in 2015, a gigantic detonation at a chemical warehouse in the northern city of Tianjin caused 165 deaths, in one of the worst industrial accidents ever to occur in the Asian giant.

(C on information from AFP)

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