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Nine dead in fire at waste facility in southern China

Staff Writer | February 17, 2018
Nine people have died in a fire at a waste processing facility in southern China that is suspected of being sparked by fireworks residue.
Qingyuan city
Accident   Police have detained several suspects
The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning in Qingyuan city in the southern province of Guangdong.

The fire has been extinguished and a survivor with serious burns was sent to hospital, the report said. Police have detained several suspects in connection with the fire.

“Preliminary investigation showed that fireworks residue initially caused the fire. When three workers were trying to put out the flames, an explosion occurred, killing more people living nearby,” it said.

The victims consisted of workers at the facility and their families, who lived in makeshift wooden rooms on the second floor.