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Restaurant fire kills 17 in northeast China


BEIJING — A restaurant fire killed 17 people in the northeast Chinese city of Changchun on Wednesday, authorities said.

The fire was reported at around 12:40 p.m. in a high-tech section of the Changchun New Area Industrial Zone, according to a social media post by the zone’s management committee.

Three other people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment, the post said. A gas explosion was initially blamed for causing the blaze, according to the fire and rescue service.

Changchun is an automobile manufacturing center and the capital of Jilin Province.

China, which enforces some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the world, continues to suffer fatalities blamed on poor design and construction, failure to meet safety requirements, and insufficient inspections and enforcement.

And in July, a gas explosion following the partial collapse of a building in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin left three missing and 11 injured. The event is still under investigation, but it appears to point to the deterioration of infrastructure after more than three decades of meteoric economic growth that has dramatically improved living standards while often circumventing safety and health regulations. ‘environment.

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