According to local authorities, a fire at a restaurant in northeastern China on Wednesday resulted in the deaths of 17 people and the injuries of three more. The Changchun city government posted a statement on the social media site Weibo stating that the fire started at 12:40 pm (0440 GMT) in a restaurant.
According to the statement, firefighters “rushed to the scene” and finished the search and rescue operation by 3 pm.
The statement continued, “Posthumous care is being provided for the victims while the injured have been transported to hospitals for treatment.” The incident’s cause is being investigated, according to the authorities.
In China, where building codes are not strictly enforced and unlicensed construction is common, deadly fires frequently break out, making it difficult for people to escape burning structures. An enormous fire that broke out earlier this month in Changsha’s downtown area partially destroyed a skyscraper that housed a China Telecom office, but no casualties were reported.
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