At least 38 dead in a factory fire in China

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At least 38 dead in a factory fire in China

New fatal accident in Chinese industry. At least 38 people have died and two others have been injured in a factory fire in central China, according to The authorities reported this Tuesday, accusing the employees of negligence during a welding job.

The fire originated in the area. in a factory in the city of Anyang, in Henan province, on Monday afternoon, according to the official Xinhua news agency. “After receiving the alarm, the municipal fire rescue detachment was immediately dispatched to the scene,” the police said. the state channel CCTV. “Public security, emergency response, municipal administration and power supply units rushed to the scene at the same time to handle the emergency and rescue work,” it added.

Images recorded at the scene and collected by state media show thick columns of smoke emerging above the fire, which two fire trucks are trying to put out. Another video shows the charred skeleton of the building, once the flames were extinguished. In addition to the 38 deceased, there are two other people hospitalized but without their lives being at risk, said the police. CCTV.

The authorities indicated that There are “criminal suspects” in custody in connection with this fire, but they did not provide further details. “According to the first investigations, the accident was triggered by manipulation contrary to the regulations by a company employee. (An operation of) electric welding caused the fire”, assured Mr. CCTV.

According to the Tianyancha database, the Kaixinda Trading company, to which the factory belonged, is a wholesaler of machinery, construction materials, non-hazardous chemical products, clothing, and fire-fighting equipment. No fires.

Recurring accidents

Industrial accidents are common in China, often caused by lax compliance with safety regulations. On Monday there was also an explosion at a chemical factory near Taiyuan, the capital of the neighboring province of Shanxi, which caused the A dense cloud of gray smoke was in the area, according to videos posted on social networks.

Other images show damaged homes, broken glass, and window frames at the foot of buildings due to the explosion, which caused the explosion. Many frightened people ran away. “The team was sent to the scene, the fire was extinguished. The human balance is still unknown,” the official daily Dahebao said on the Weibo platform.

The fá The factory, called Jiangyang, has already suffered. An explosion occurred in September 2021, according to Dahebao. In June, one person died. and another turned out to be She was injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Shanghai. Last year, a gas explosion killed a woman. It killed 25 people and reduced several buildings to rubble in the central city of Shiyan.

In March 2019, an explosion at a chemical factory in Yancheng, 260 km from Shanghai, he killed a man. killed 78 people and destroyed a houses within a radius of several kilometers. And in 2015, a gigantic detonation at a chemical warehouse in the northern city of Tianjin caused a massive explosion. 165 deaths, in one of the worst industrial accidents ever to occur in the Asian giant.