外文标题：China toddler starts fire while playing with lighter, kills 12: Report
BEIJING: Investigators in China have accused a three-year-old girl of playing with a cigarette lighter and starting a workshop fire which killed 12 people, state media reported.
"Many others" were injured in the blaze at a clothing workshop in Junbu in the southern province of Guangdong last week, the official Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday.
The workshop owner's toddler ignited a stack of sponges while playing with a lighter, the report said, citing local investigators.
The owner "turned himself in" after he was found to have been illegally using a residential building as a workshop, and had violated a range of fire safety laws including insufficient exits and a shortage of fire-extinguishing equipment, it said.
Xinhua said the families of those killed in the fire had been compensated, without specifying the amount.
Workplace safety standards can be poor in China, where fatal accidents happen regularly at mines and factories, with some blaming lax enforcement of rules due to corruption.
A fire at a poultry plant in the northeastern province of Jilin in June killed 120 and injured at least 70, in China's deadliest blaze for over a decade.
Md Salam (Location)
Like India...safety features do not exist....
Venkata Suresh Kolli (London)
It's owner's fault of running residential building as a workshop and not following safety standards. Most of us take it easy about safety precautions for workshops, all of we should learn from these kind of incidents and follow Health and Safety standards strictly at work place.
Very very unfortunate episode. Many innocents have lost their lives. Sympathies to the bereaved families.
Tom Diwan (Brisbane, Queensland, Au)
who will take the blame
This is called as Playing with Fire ! China is paying price for having factories at every nook and corner !
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akshay saxena (Unknown)
forget a child, a child should as young as that should not be punished, but in our country even a 17 year old rapist wil not be given a harsh punishment
rudiravi (Salem TN)
Workplace safety standards alone will reduce the accidents, though cannot be avoided... this rule must be applicable for all countries and not only to China...
care should be taken.eye opening case.
Kirr Kiri (India)
SADU AVR (Chennai)
We cannot blame the child...They do not know which is dangerous and which is not... Only the parent here is responsible for the incident....Giving lighter to play..
The responsibility for this goes to the parent
nan ksn (Unknown)
The child would have shot more people with the gun,.. had she been in the USA ..! Thank God for that..!
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Safety measures need to taken as top most priority.
When it comes to kid, we have to be very careful. Should always keep an eye on them and every movement. A small mistake of the kid can be scary beyond imagination
Aparna M (Unknown)
This is fault of parents...................................................
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So cute!!! :)