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10 dead in apartment fire in northwest China’s Xinjiang


BEIJING — A fire at an apartment building in northwest China’s Xinjiang region has killed 10 people and injured nine, authorities said Friday.

The blaze broke out on Thursday evening in the regional capital of Urumqi, where temperatures dipped below freezing after dark. The fire took about three hours to extinguish.

The injured were all expected to survive and the cause of the fire is being investigated, the local government said.

The tragedy comes days after 38 people died in a fire at an industrial trading company in central China caused by welding sparks that ignited cotton fabric.

Four people have been arrested for the Anyang City fire and local authorities have ordered thorough safety inspections.

Aging infrastructure, poor security awareness and, in some cases, government corruption have led to a series of recent fires, explosions and building collapses across China, which continues to face threats. new outbreaks of COVID-19, causing lockdowns and rigid travel restrictions affecting millions of people. .

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