Factory fire kills 38 people in central China

Factory fire kills 38 people in central China

Several people were killed in a fire at a factory in central China on Monday, according to Chinese official media. This is the latest in a succession of deadly industrial accidents to rock the nation in recent years.

State run-newspaper Henan Daily reported Tuesday that number of fatalities increased to 38. Two people previously reported missing had been found dead following the blaze at the factory in Anyang.

According to state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday, two more people were receiving treatment for relatively minor wounds.

Police have detained an unspecified number of suspects in connection with the blaze, which took firefighters nearly seven hours to put out, according to CCTV.

According to preliminary findings, the fire was caused by violations of electrical welding protocols.

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China has seen a spate of industrial accidents in recent years that have left scores dead, also raising concerns about public safety.

In 2015, at least 173 people died after a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Last October, at least three people were killed and more than 30 injured in a powerful explosion. This was at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion took place in a mixed-use residential and commercial building.

And in June this year, at least one person was killed; after a fire broke out at a petrochemical complex in Shanghai.

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