Henan, China: Factory fire kills 38, state media say


A fire at a factory in central China killed dozens of people on Monday, according to Chinese state media, the latest in a series of deadly industrial accidents that have hit the country in recent years.

The state-run Henan Daily reported on Tuesday that two previously missing people had been found dead after the factory fire in Anyang, Henan province, which raised the death toll to 38.

Two other people were being treated for minor injuries, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday.

Police have arrested an unspecified number of suspects in connection with the blaze, which took firefighters nearly seven hours to put out, according to CCTV.

According to preliminary findings, the fire was caused by violations of electrical welding protocols, Henan Daily reported, citing authorities.

Charred remains after the factory fire on November 21, 2022.

China has seen a series of industrial accidents in recent years that have left many dead, raising public safety concerns.

In 2015, at least 173 people died after a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Last October, at least three people were killed and more than 30 injured in a powerful explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion took place in a mixed-use residential and commercial building.

And in June of this year, at least one person died after a fire at a petrochemical complex in Shanghai.

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