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China: Fire at Harbin Resort hotel kills dozens

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By Louise Miner  with Reuters
China: Fire at Harbin Resort hotel kills dozens

At least eighteen people have died in a fire at a holiday hotel in northeast China.

The blaze broke out early Saturday morning at a hot spring resort in Harbin. Dozens are injured. Over a hundred firefighters tackled the flames in the four- storey building

An investigation has started into the cause.

China seems to have a patchy record for health and safety, according to the string of fires at hospitals, apartment blocks and shopping malls. The governments started a 40-day 'special operation' focusing on building safety. It's after a fire broke out in an apartment block killing 19 people last November.