36 dead in factory fire in central China: state media

36 dead in factory fire in central China: state media


A fire at a plant in central China has killed 36 people and left two missing, state media said on Tuesday, citing local authorities.

The fire happened “on Monday afternoon at a plant in the city of Anyang, central China’s Henan Province,” the Xinhua News Agency reported, without giving further details.

State media said emergency services first received reports of a fire at Kaixinda Trading Co., Ltd. at 4:22 p.m. (0822 GMT).

“Upon receiving the alarm, the city fire department immediately dispatched emergency services to the scene,” CCTV reported.

“Public security, emergency response, city government and power supply units simultaneously rushed to the scene to conduct emergency response and rescue work,” it said, adding that the fire was extinguished around 11 p.m. local time.

In addition to the dead and missing, two are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, CCTV added.

Authorities said “criminal suspects” had been taken into custody in connection with the fire, but gave no further details.

Industrial accidents are commonplace in China due to weak safety standards and corruption among enforcement officials.

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

The fire at a Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. plant in remote Jinshan District sent thick plumes of smoke across a vast industrial area as three blazes blazed in separate locations, turning the sky black.

And last year, a gas explosion killed 25 people and reduced several buildings in downtown Shiyan to rubble.

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

Four years earlier, a massive explosion at a chemical warehouse north of Tianjin killed 165 people in one of the worst industrial accidents in China.

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