In Henan province, a school dormitory fire claimed 13 lives

The Xinhua state news agency of China stated that a fire that started in a school dormitory in the country’s center claimed the lives of thirteen individuals. At a school for young children in Yanshanpu village, Henan province, a fatal fire broke out on Friday night. China Daily reports that the school is privately owned and serves students in the nursery and primary grades. An inquiry is underway, and the school’s manager, who works close to Nanyang city, has been taken into custody. Another patient is receiving stable medical care in a hospital.

Through official channels, no additional information was provided regarding the identity of the deceased or the reason behind the fire. Less than an hour after firefighters were called, it was put out. Because construction and safety regulations are rarely strictly enforced, fatal fires frequently occur in China. In November, a massive fire in Luliang City, Shanxi province, destroyed an office building, resulting in the deaths of 26 persons. At least 29 people, mostly patients, died in a hospital fire in Beijing in April of last year. The incident also prompted an inquiry that resulted in the detention of 12 persons by police for interrogation. People could be seen in horrifying video of the fire jumping out of windows and onto air conditioners to get away from the flames.

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