Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2024

Huge fire kills at least 39 people in Jiangxi, China as authorities rush to douse blaze | World | News


At least 39 people were killed after a fire broke out in a commercial building in China‘s southeastern Jiangxi province on Wednesday afternoon, according to state media.

The fire broke out around 3.30pm local time in the basement floor of a store in a shopping area, in Xinyu City, according to a statement by officials for the Yushui district of Jiangxi province.

Officials said the rescue workers, firefighters, police, and city and district leaders were deployed to the scene to carry out the rescue.

Several people were trapped inside the building, state broadcaster CCTV said, adding the building where the fire broke out housed an internet cafe on the ground floor and a training centre upstairs.

Nine people were injured in the fire, with eight of them in stable condition after rescue operations ended at 8.50 pm, the local government said in another statement, and that no people remained trapped in the building.

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The local government said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

A video posted by Chinese Communist Party-owned Beijing News reportedly showed smoke billowing from the windows of the buildings.

Other videos posted by social media users – cited in Beijing News – showed two men jumping from the upper floors to a mattress, and a group holding up a ladder to rescue two people coming out of the window and climbing down.

The video has not been verified by Daily Express US.

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a statement about the incident, noting that this was “yet another major safety production accident that has occurred recently,” and called on officials to “resolutely curb the frequent occurrence of various safety accidents, and ensure that the people Safety of life and property and overall social stability.”

The statement also called for the State Council’s Work Safety Committee to investigate the blaze, demanding “to pay attention to the implementation of safety responsibilities and measures… leave no blind spots.”

This is the second fire-related tragedy that occurred in less than a week, as a fire broke out in a boarding school dormitory in central Henan province, killing at least 13 children, last Friday.



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