China | Fire in Xinjiang kills 10, injures 9

(Beijing) Ten people were killed and nine injured in the fire of a residential building in China’s Xinjiang province (northwest), the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

The fire broke out on Thursday evening and “ten people died, despite emergency treatment”, the agency said.

“The injuries of nine other people are not life-threatening,” he added, adding that an investigation into the origin of the fire had been opened.

Fatal fires are quite common in China, due to poor safety standards and corruption among officials responsible for enforcing them.

This week, 38 people were killed and two others injured in a factory fire in Anyang (central), authorities accusing employees of mishandling.

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