Farmers' market fire in southern China kills 16


| Zoom

BEIJING (AP) - An overnight fire at a farmers' market in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen killed at least 16 people and injured five others, local authorities said Wednesday.

The Shenzhen municipal government said in a statement that the fire broke out at about 1:30 a.m. at the Rongjian Wholesale Produce Market and engulfed an area of 1,000 square meters (1,200 square yards) before being put out at 3 p.m.

It said 16 people were dead and five injured. Those hospitalized were in stable condition, the statement said. The official Xinhua News Agency reported later that the manager of the market was in police custody.

The Shenzhen government did not say what might have caused the fire but said the authorities would perform a thorough, citywide safety check to prevent similar incidents.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Racial Divide?
    A report some Seahawks think Russell Wilson isn't 'black enough' stirs strong reactions

  • Strippers Win
    A judge blocks Pierce County from releasing licenses and IDs of strippers

  • Gun Rights
    Background checks and gun rights take center stage at KTTH debate
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.