Henan, China: A factory fire kills 38 people, according to state media reports



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A factory fire in central China killed dozens of people on Monday, according to Chinese state media, the latest in a series of fatal industrial accidents to hit the country in recent years.

The state-run Henan Daily reported on Tuesday that two people previously reported missing have been found after a factory fire in Anyang, Henan Province, bringing the death toll to 38.

State broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday that two others were being treated for minor injuries.

Police have detained an unspecified number of suspects in connection with the fire, which took firefighters nearly seven hours to extinguish, according to CCTV.

According to preliminary findings, the fire was caused by violations of electric welding protocols, Henann Daily reported, citing authorities.

China has seen a series of industrial accidents in recent years that have left dozens dead, raising concerns about public safety.

In 2015, at least 173 people died after a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Last October, at least three people were killed and more than 30 injured in a powerful explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion occurred in a mixed-use residential and commercial building.

And in June this year, at least one person died after a fire broke out at a petrochemical complex in Shanghai.

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