South China Club Fire Kills at Least 43

Xinhua has reported on a nightclub fire in Shenzhen that has killed 43 people and injured 88 others:

Among those injured, 51 people needed treatment and were being treated in hospital. All were in stable condition, doctors said.

The fire broke out at about 11 p.m. at a club, named “King of the Dancers,” in Longgang District in Shenzhen City, when hundreds of people were watching a performance.

According to police’s initial investigation, the fire was triggered by fireworks ignited during the performance on the third floor of the club.

There was only a narrow aisle, about 10 meters long, in the hall. Many people got hurt in stampede, said Yang Zhi, a club staff member who survived the fire.

Read also a report from Reuters.

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