According to #Chinese official media, scores of people were murdered in a fire at a plant in central China on Monday. This was the latest in a succession of deadly industrial mishaps that have befallen the nation in recent years.
The death toll from the factory fire in Anyang, Henan province, rose to 38 on Tuesday, according to the state-run daily Henan Daily, after two workers who had been reported missing were found dead. According to Tuesday’s report from state broadcaster CCTV, two more people were receiving treatment for minor wounds.
According to CCTV, it took firefighters nearly seven hours to put out the fire, and police have detained an unspecified number of individuals in connection with it. According to initial investigations, violations of electrical welding protocols were what started the fire, Henan Daily reported, citing sources.
Concerns regarding public safety have been raised in China as a result of a recent spate of industrial mishaps that have claimed numerous lives. In 2015, a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin resulted in at least 173 fatalities. A massive explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang last October resulted in at least three fatalities and more than 30 injuries. In a structure with both residential and commercial uses, there was a gas explosion. And in June of this year, a fire that started at a Shanghai petrochemical facility resulted in the death of at least one person.
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