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More than 100 killed in Chinese abbatoir fire

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More than 100 killed in Chinese abbatoir fire


The death toll in a locked poultry factory that caught fire in northeastern China is rising and has now gone over at least 100 victims. Many are still missing and unaccounted for.

The fire started just after dawn when an estimated 300 people were inside the sprawling abbatoir complex. A sudden bang was followed by fierce flames which rapidly spread out of control.

At least 54 people were injured and had to be taken to hospital. A reported 100 people managed to escape the blaze.

The accident is just the latest in China which has a poor fire safety record and a corruptible or inefficient planning system that is susceptible to bribes. Fire exits are often locked or blocked as employers seek to maximise space, or simply do not exist as businesses move into premises designed for residential use.

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