The fire broke out Monday night in an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in the city of Pingdingshan in Henan province, according to a statement from the province's work safety administration. Two of the injured were in serious condition, the statement said.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that a rescue operation was still underway Tuesday morning and that the cause of the fire was unclear.
Xinhua said the building housed 51 elderly people and quoted one survivor, 82-year-old Zhao Yulan, as saying only two of the 11 people living in her room made it out alive. Some of the remains of people killed in the fire were burned beyond recognition, Xinhua said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged rescue personnel to urgently aid the injured and victims' families and determine the cause of the fire as well as who was responsible, state broadcaster CCTV said.
With a rapidly aging population and under-resourced social security net, China faces increasing pressure to provide safe and affordable care for the elderly.
外文标题：Fire at rest home in central China kills 38 people
Very sad and unfortunate. RIP!
sundaram ramani (Chennai)
Extremely sad & tragic.
Ani Paul (Kolkata)
Very tragic incident
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Dinesh kumar Jain (Unknown)
11 people were staying in one room! Was a chicken house?
aftabbadri aftabbadri (srinagar)
Follow the fire hazards procedure strictly
web presence (Pune)
Yet another instance of absence of industrial safety.
Khandaker Islam (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Too sad. My deep condolences.
Keerthika Swamy (Unknown)
LET THEIR SOUL REST IN PEACE