Factory fire kills 38 people in central China, state media report | CNN



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

The state newspaper Henan Daily reported on Tuesday that two people previously reported missing had been found dead following the fire at the factory in Anyang, Henan province, bringing the death toll to 38.

Two others were treated for minor injuries, state broadcaster CCTV reported Tuesday.

Police have detained an undetermined number of suspects in connection with the blaze, which CCTV footage said took nearly seven hours to extinguish.

According to preliminary findings, the fire was caused by violations of electric welding protocols, Henan Daily reported, citing authorities.

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

In 2015, at least 173 people were killed in 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 at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion occurred in a mixed 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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