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BLAZE Chinese Poultry Plant Fire Kills 119 Xu Chang/Xinhua, via Landov

Chinese Poultry Plant Fire Kills 119

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?”

June 3, 2013 6:54 AM