Fire at hot springs hotel in Chinese city of Harbin kills 18

Elias Hubbard
August 26, 2018

Fire tore through a hot springs hotel in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin before dawn on Saturday, killing 19 people and causing 23 others to be taken to hospital, city officials said.

Xie Peihua/CNS via Reuters This image taken from a video footage run by China's CCTV on August 25, 2018, via AP Video, shows damaged exterior of Beilong Hot Spring Hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area, following a fire. It was put out in about three hours.

"An area of 400 square metres has been ravaged by the flames, and 19 people have died", the agency said, citing local authorities.

Those hospitalised had inhaled toxic smoke or suffered burns, CCTV said, adding that an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire. The provincial fire department said in an official post that the fire had started from the kitchen on the second floor, but gave no further details.

Its footage from the site also showed that the hotel's main hall had burned down.

Deadly fires are common in China, where fire security regulations are routinely neglected.

Beijing's municipal government launched a 40-day "special operation" targeting fire code and building safety violations after an apartment fire in the Chinese capital in November killed 19 people.

A 2010 blaze at a Shanghai apartment tower killed at least 58 people.

In April, 18 people were killed and five more injured in a fire at a karaoke establishment in the country's south.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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