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Jilin poultry plant fire kills 120

06-03-2013 21:29 BJT

A deadly blaze in northeast China’s Jilin Province has claimed lives of 120 people, with over fifty others injured. Latest reports coming in say that much of the fire has been put out and rescue work is underway.

The fire broke out early in the morning at the slaughterhouse of a poultry processing plant in Mishazi Township of Dehui City. An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.
Another fire in northeast China leaves more than a 100 dead.

It broke out early Monday morning at this poultry processing factory in Dehui of Jilin Province. This woman says more than 500 people were working in the factory at the time, and that she escaped with just one co-worker. This man told us that no one had the time to use fire extinguishers. He said that some doors were too far to reach, while others were locked.

At the nearby Fuyang hospital, the injured are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. They recall what happened during those horrifying moments.

Power was also reportedly cut off after the fire. A stampede soon ensued as people rushed to get out. Doctors say that the more seriously burnt victims have been transferred to other hospitals in the province.

Tang Ronghua, director of Medical Department, Fuyang Hospital, said, "The most serious injury we have is a second-degree burn. The rest are minor injuries. We have transferred the most serious cases after giving them emergency medical care."

An initial investigation has blamed an ammonia gas leak for the fire. The complicated interior structure of the building and its narrow exits are complicating rescue efforts.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, local authorities pledged full out efforts to save the injured and find the cause of the blaze.

Zhao Xian, Deputy Director of Changchun Municipal Emergency Office, said, "Rescue work is still underway. The rescuers are trying their utmost to search for any survivors. We’ll do our best to treat the injured, identify the victims and investigate the cause of the incident."

Authorities also say that they’ll keep the public updated on the latest developments.

President Xi Jinping has urged local departments to save the injured, reduce casualty, and work on the root cause of the accident. Premier Li Keqiang also said life-saving is the most important task right now, and professional rescue teams should be sent to the area.



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