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19 dead and 23 injured in hotel fire at Chinese resort

Staff Writer | August 26, 2018
Investigation has begun at the hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area after the blaze early.
North Loong Hotel
Asia   The fire broke out at 4:36am at North Loong Hotel
According to an official report on the government's social media account, the fire broke out at 4:36am at North Loong Hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area. It was put out in about three hours.More than 100 rescuers and 30 fire trucks rescue hundread of persons.

Firefighters had searched the site thoroughly, with 23 injured people having been taken to hospital where one died on arrival.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, the government said. The provincial fire department said in an official post that the fire had started from the kitchen on the second floor, but gave no further details.

The fire spread to cover about 400 square metres of the four-storey brick-and-concrete block, partially burning the second, third and fourth floors, according to a report from state-run China Central Television.

The disaster added to a string of deadly blazes that have plagued China despite official efforts to improve public safety over the past two decades.

The report said the top causes of fire accidents included ignoring electrical safety information, careless use of fire, and smoking.