外文标题：Chinese shoe factory fire kills at least 16
BEIJING: A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China on Tuesday killed at least 16 people, state media reported.
The blaze broke out at the Dadong factory in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province, state broadcaster CCTV said. Firefighters put it out about three hours later and rescued more than 20 people, it said.
The report didn't say how the fire started. Such factories often contain large amounts of adhesives and other flammable chemicals.
An official with the fire service in the surrounding city of Taizhou, who gave only his surname, Luo, confirmed the fire, but said he had no further details.
China suffers frequent industrial accidents and 121 people were killed in a poultry plant fire in the country's northeast last June. That fire was triggered by a short circuit, but investigators found the plant's safety exits were blocked, trapping workers inside.
On Saturday, a blaze raged for 10 hours in the heart of an ancient tourist town in the western province of Yunnan, destroying 242 structures and leaving about 2,600 people homeless. The severity of the fire was blamed in part on unresponsive firefighting systems and the inability of tanker trucks to enter the town's narrow streets.
Krishnakant Shah ()
being a huge hub of manufactured commodities, why there is no fire safety ?
vishal (Location) replies to Krishnakant Shah
Very true, safety standard, safety awareness isn't good in China, much needed to improved upon.
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Anurag Ranjan ()
wisdom of a neo NAZI (MAGADHAN EMPIRE)
good, THE FIRE SHOULD HAVE KILLED ATLEAST 100 CHINKIES
Nand Gajarajan (Bangalore)
Boycott Chinese Made products unless they can prove that the plant safety has been taken care of
Morgan (Australia) replies to Nand Gajarajan
Ummm.... question. Would you ask the same for Indian factories? Since Indian plants have a worse record of worker safety.
vishal (Location) replies to Morgan
I don't think it's the health and safety that he concern about. When it comes to China, for many Indians, it's about boycott Chinese made products to curb China's rise so that India can catch up...I could be wrong about this.
vishal (Location) replies to Nand Gajarajan
Heard that sooo many times b4. Perhaps one day it India will get her chance to be top exporter and China will be importing frm India. All the best
Halal Jannat (Agra)
Prayers for the departed souls.
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Vigyan Mishra (Unknown)
lack of provisions to secure life of workers..and they are merely disregarding system norms , must take strict vigilence on such incidents.