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BEIJING: At least thirty-six people died and dozens reported missing after a fire at a factory in central China, state media has reported, citing local authorities.
A total of 36 people died, 2 were injured and 2 are missing after a plant in #Anyang, central #China's #Henan Province, caught fire on Monday afternoon.
The fire occurred at 4:22 p.m. and was brought under control at 8 p.m. pic.twitter.com/G0PyTfHIRW
— Frontline (@Frontlinestory) November 22, 2022
The fire took place at a plant in Anyang city, in the central Henan Province on Monday afternoon, news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday. The fire started Monday afternoon and fire teams sent 63 vehicles to the scene, according to local media.
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“Public security, emergency response, municipal administration, and power supply units rushed to the scene at the same time to carry out emergency handling and rescue work,” it said, adding the fire had been extinguished by around 11pm.
Local authorities said at least 38 people were missing as a result of the huge blaze that raged for hours. Psychological counselors were on the scene for families of the victims, according to a government statement.
Local officials said the public security department has controlled relevant criminal suspects, but did not disclose further details or elaborate.