Chinese Poultry Plant Fire Kills 119

    Image #: 22600751    (130603) -- DEHUI, June 3, 2013 (Xinhua) -- Family members of missing workers wait for information after a fire occurred in a slaughterhouse owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City, northeast China's Jilin Province, June 3, 2013. Death toll from the poultry processing plant fire on Monday morning has risen to 112. Over 300 workers were in the plant when the accident happened. (Xinhua/Xu Chang) (ry)       XINHUA /LANDOV

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    A fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Chinese slaughterhouse has killed 119, state media reported. There are still some workers unaccounted for, although it’s unclear how many. More than 300 workers were in the plant at the time, and China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported that about 100 workers had managed to escape. “The complicated interior structure of the prefabricated house in which the fire broke out and the narrow exits have added difficulties to the rescue work,” Xinhua reported, although China’s safety record is infamously abysmal. People took to China’s social-media website Weibo to express their anger, writing things like “was this place ever regularly inspected by fire safety authorities?”

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