Beijing housing block fire: Nineteen people killed

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

Firefighters work at the site of a fire in Daxing district of Beijing, capital of China, on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

The chinese authorities were investigating Sunday to understand the cause of a fire in a guesthouse in the south of Beijing, which has made 19 people dead and eight injured in the night.

It took local firefighters three hours to stop the fire.

An investigation team has been set up to ascertain the cause of the fire and punish those who are responsible. A post on its social media account just after midnight said the fire had been extinguished.

It said the injured have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

Beijing's Communist Party chief Cai Qi has already ordered a city-wide safety check, which will last four 40 days. City officials have launched a beautification campaign in Beijing's dense heart, closing unsightly stalls and businesses and driving many migrant workers further from the city centre. Some have ended up in burgeoning towns on the outskirts of the city like Xinjian Village, which literally means "newly built village", where the fire broke out on Saturday.

Witnesses told AFP the boarding house that caught fire was in a building attached to a clothing factory.

Fire killers are very common in China due to non-compliance with safety standards.

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