19 dead and 23 injured in hotel fire at Chinese resortStaff Writer | August 26, 2018
Investigation has begun at the hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area after the blaze early.
Asia The fire broke out at 4:36am at North Loong Hotel
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. ■