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Factory fire kills 36 in China

22 November 2022

A fire at a company that deals with chemicals and industrial goods killed 36 people on November 21. Chinese state media reported that two people were treated in hospital while two others remained missing hours after the incident.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

The blaze happened in Anyang city, in China’s central Henan Province at around 16:30 local time. Local authorities said that it took firefighters almost four hours to extinguish the blaze but did not release details about the cause of the fire. The blaze broke out at a factory belonging to Kaixinda Trading Co, a wholesaler dealing in industrial goods, including chemicals.

Authorities have said that “criminal suspects” were taken into custody shortly after the incident, however they did not provide any further details. Xinhua news agency reported that the blaze may have started after welding sparks ignited fabrics in the factory. Xinhua added that the investigation is ongoing with company managers and local officials being questioned.

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