China: warehouse fire kills 12 in Beijing

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China: warehouse fire kills 12 in Beijing

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A fire at a warehouse in the Chinese capital Beijing has killed 12 people.

Another four were injured and are being treated in hospital.

The fire destroyed the warehouse on the southern outskirts of the city’s Chaoyang district.

It ravaged a surface area of some 500 square metres, with flames leaping up to 20 metres high.

It took around 100 firefighters more than two hours to bring the fire under control.

A local newspaper reported that the warehouse was used for storing car parts, paper and other goods.

Two owners of the premises have been detained by police for questioning, and an investigation is underway.

The fire drew a quick response as Beijing is still on alert after a car rammed into pedestrians in Tiananmen Square in October, killing five people in what police said later was a terrorist attack.