Fatal fire sweeps through elderly care home in China

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Fatal fire sweeps through elderly care home in China

<p>At least 38 people have been killed after a fire swept through a nursing home in China’s central Henan province.</p> <p>Search operations are underway and six people are being treated in hospital.</p> <p>Local media claim the blaze hit a part of the care home where residents suffered from mobility problems making escape difficult.</p> <p>Authorities say 12 people have been taken into custody and police are searching for three others.</p> <p>The cause of the fire is unclear.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> 38 killed, 6 injured, after a fire broke out at a nursing home in Lushan county, Henan Province on Monday <a href="http://t.co/YuxE6Kcruq">pic.twitter.com/YuxE6Kcruq</a></p>— <span class="caps">CCTVNEWS</span> (@cctvnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/cctvnews/status/602979337097187328">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Furious relatives of those living in the home say officials are downplaying the number of dead and injured.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-nursing-home-fire-spurs-soul-searching-1432621456">China’s aging population</a> and government limits on family size means the country is facing a crisis in care for the elderly.</p> <p><a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/26/c_134271433.htm">President Xi Jinping</a> has called for an investigation.</p>