10 killed, 9 injured in apartment fire in China’s Xinjiang region


A fire at an apartment building in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region has killed 10 people and injured nine, authorities said Friday.

Assistant Press

Beijing,Updated: Nov 25, 2022 09:54 IST

It took about three hours to put out the fire. (AFP image used for representation)

By Associated Press: A fire at an apartment building in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region has killed 10 people and injured nine others, authorities said Friday.

The fire broke out Thursday night in the regional capital Urumqi, where temperatures dropped below freezing after dark. It took about three hours to put out the fire.

All the injured are expected to survive and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the local government said.

The tragedy comes days after 38 people died in a fire at an industrial trading company in central China caused by welding sparks that ignited cotton fabrics.

Four people have been detained in connection with the fire in Anyang town and local authorities have ordered extensive security inspections.

Aging infrastructure, poor security awareness and, in some cases, government corruption have led to recent fires, explosions and building collapses around China, which continues to battle a new Covid-19 outbreak, with lockdowns and strict travel restrictions affecting millions. .





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