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Factory fire kills 38 in central China

Factory fire kills 38 people in central China

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A fire at a factory in central China killed dozens of people on Monday, according to Chinese state media reports.

China’s official Henan Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday (November 22nd) that two previously missing people had been found dead following the fire at the Anyang factory in Henan province, bringing the death toll to 38.

Two other people were being treated for minor injuries, state broadcaster CCTV also reported.

Police arrested an unknown number of suspects in connection with the blaze, which took firefighters nearly seven hours to extinguish, according to CCTV.

Factory fire kills 38 in central China

Police said the fire was caused by violations of electric welding protocols, Henan Daily reported, citing authorities.

China has seen a string of industrial accidents in recent years that have claimed dozens of lives, 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.

In October 2021, at least three people were killed and more than 30 injured in a powerful explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion occurred in a mixed-use residential and commercial building.

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