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39 killed, 9 injured in east China building fire

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Thirty-nine people were killed and nine others injured after a building fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the city of Xinyu in east China’s Jiangxi Province, local authorities said.

The fire broke out from the building at around 3 p.m. in the Yushui District of Xinyu, said the local fire response emergency headquarters.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was caused by illegal use of fire by workers for the refurbishment of a cold storage inside the basement. The thick smoke quickly engulfed up to the second floor, which is occupied by training facilities and a hotel.

The public security authorities have already placed 12 responsible people in custody.