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A fire at a hotel in northeastern China has killed 10 people and injured 35 others

A fire at a hotel in northeastern China has killed 10 people and injured 35 others

A fire at a hotel in northeastern China has killed 10 people and injured 35 others

A fire at a hotel in northeastern China has killed 10 people and injured 35 others, a state news agency said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the fire at a hotel in Tonghua city in Jilin province was put out after half an hour.

An employee at the Tonghua city government's office for emergencies confirmed the number of casualties but said he had no other details.

Xinhua said the injured were sent to a hospital for treatment and that firefighters were combing the site.

Building fires are common in China because of lax safety codes and unsafe construction work.

In November, 58 people were killed in a Shanghai apartment fire that was blamed on welders ignoring safety precautions. Last week, an illegal garment shop in southern Beijing caught fire, killing 17 people.

Separately, thousands of firefighters in northern Shanxi province were trying to extinguish more than 10 fires in a forest bordering the cities of Jingzhong and Yangquan, Xinhua said. It said the blazes were sparked by lightning.

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An employee surnamed Li at the Shanxi provincial forest fire prevention headquarters said the fires were "under control" but not extinguished, and that no casualties had been reported.


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