China Factory Inferno Kills 37 – AFP
A fire erupted at a shoe factory in southeast China, killing 37 people in the latest industrial accident to hit the world’s fourth-largest economy, officials and state media said Monday.
The blaze at the Feida workshop, located near the city of Putian in coastal Fujian province, broke out at 9:50 pm (1350 GMT) Sunday and was extinguished an hour later, the official Xinhua news agency said.
“Initial investigations showed 56 workers were in the workshop at the time of the fire,” Xinhua quoted provincial government spokesman Zhu Qing as saying. [Full Text]