6 Feb 2015

Fire kills 17 in Chinese warehouse

9:11 pm on 6 February 2015

A fire at a warehouse in China has killed at least 17 people, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety.

The fire broke out at on Thursday afternoon on the fourth floor of a small wholesale market in Huidong county in the southern province of Guangdong, the report said.

Chinese firefighters at the site after a fire killed over 17 people in a warehouse in South China's Guangdong province.

Chinese firefighters at the site after a fire killed over 17 people in a warehouse in South China's Guangdong province. Photo: AFP

It took more than six hours for firefighters to bring the blaze under control, Xinhua added. It did not provide further details.

China has a history of workplace disasters. Workers are often poorly trained or ill-equipped to protect themselves from industrial accidents.

A fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in the northeastern province of Jilin in June 2013 killed 120 people. The blaze was blamed on poor management, lack of government oversight and locked or blocked exits.

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