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Henan China: 38 dead in factory fire

According to Chinese state media, numerous people died in a fire on a company site in central China.

So far there is no information about the cause of the fire. The company is supposed to trade in chemicals.

According to the dpa news agency, at least 38 people died in a fire in a factory in China. According to state television, the fire broke out on Monday in the city of Anyang in the central Chinese province of Henan. Initially, 36 fatalities and two missing people were mentioned. It was later said that 38 people had died.

There was initially no information about the cause. Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, state media reports said. More than 200 rescue workers and 60 firefighters were deployed. According to the AP news agency, the fire broke out in Anyang’s so-called high-tech zone at a factory that trades in chemicals and industrial goods.

Again and again industrial accidents in China

In China, devastating fires and industrial accidents occur again and again, which can be traced back to negligence and non-compliance with safety regulations.

The disaster brings back memories of a similar fire in October 2007, when a fire at an illegal shoe factory in Hushi Village, southeast China’s Fujian Province, killed dozens of people. Many other workers were injured. The barred windows became a death trap for many. The police later arrested the owner of the factory.

At least 38 dead in factory fire

A fire at a factory in central China has killed 38 people. The state broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday.

Initially, 36 fatalities and two missing people were mentioned. It was later said that 38 people had died.

The fire broke out on Monday afternoon (local time) at Kaixinda Trading in the Wenfeng district in the so-called “high-tech zone” of the city of Anyang in Henan province.

No information was initially given about the cause of the fire. Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the reports said. More than 200 rescue workers and 60 firefighters were deployed. According to the government, psychological counselors were on site for the families of the victims.

The disaster brings back memories of a similar fire in October 2007, when a fire at an illegal shoe factory in Hushi Village, southeast China’s Fujian Province, killed at least 37 people. Many other workers were injured. The barred windows became a death trap for many. The police later arrested the owner of the factory.

Fires and industrial accidents occur time and again in China, which can be traced back to negligence and non-compliance with safety regulations. There was also a factory fire in Henan in 2018 that killed eleven people. In March 2019, an explosion at a chemical plant in Yancheng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, killed 78 people and destroyed homes in a radius of several kilometers. In one of the worst accidents of this kind to date, 165 people died in a chemical explosion in the northern port city of Tianjin in 2015.

House fires with serious consequences are also not uncommon in China. Five years ago, 19 people died in such a fire in Beijing.

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