Fire in Beijing Apartment Block Leaves 19 Dead and 8 Injured
A fire that broke out in a three storey Beijing apartment block on Sunday has left 19 people dead an another 8 injured and needing hospital treatment. At the height of the incident 14 Firefighting teams using 30 appliances were in attendance at the blazes which occurred in the Daxing district of the city.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation although it is reported that the preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started in a refrigeration unit housed in the basement of the building.
The Daxing district is home to many migrant workers as well as a number of small clothes factories.
The incident has prompted authorities to order safety checks in other City buildings according to the state news agency Xinhua reported.