Seven Killed In Care Home Fire In China


Seven killed in care home fire in China

BEIJING, Jan 4, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - Seven people died in a rest home fire Wednesday in China, where elderly care is a growing issue as the population ages and enforcement of safety standards is often lax.

The fire broke out at the privately-owned rest home in the northeastern province of Jilin around 4am, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes but seven people died, while 32 of the residents were rescued, it said.

The cause was still being investigated. A total of 338,000 cases of fire in which 1,742 people were killed were reported in China in 2015, according to government statistics. In 2015 a blaze that killed 38 residents in a privately-owned nursing home in Henan province sparked soul-searching.