At Least 17 People Burned To Death As Hell Sweeps Through Restaurant During Busy China Lunch Service
- The fire started around 12:40 pm local time during lunch break at a restaurant in Changchun.
- The fire killed 17 and injured three, who were taken to hospital for treatment.
- Footage from video footage shows smoke and flames cascading from the building.
- The restaurant inferno was extinguished around 3 pm by fire crews.
At least 17 people have been burned alive after an inferno ripped through a restaurant during a busy lunch service in China.
It started around 12:40 p.m. local time at the Hongyu Xiaoyoubing Village Restaurant in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province.
According to China’s state television channel CCTV, customers were inside the restaurant during their lunch hour when the fire started.
Three people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment and the charred remains of 17 people were removed from the ruined building.
Footage shows smoke and flames cascading from the building. The fire was extinguished around 3:00 p.m. by firefighters.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
It occurred in the Changchun New Area industrial zone, which is a center for auto manufacturing, according to a social media post by its management committee.
At least 17 people have been burned alive after an inferno ripped through a restaurant during a busy lunch service in China. It started at around 12:40 pm local time at the Hongyu Xiaoyoubing Village Restaurant in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province.
The fire left three other people injured who were taken to hospital for treatment and the charred remains of 17 people were removed from the ruined building.
Deadly fires occur frequently in China, where lax enforcement of building codes and widespread unauthorized construction can make it difficult for people to flee burning buildings.
Earlier this month, a massive fire in the central city of Changsha engulfed part of a skyscraper housing an office for state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom, but no casualties were reported.
In July last year, a warehouse fire in the northeastern province of Jilin killed 15 people and injured 25 others, according to state media reports.
The previous month, a fire killed 18 people, mostly children, at a martial arts school in the central province of Henan, sparking an uproar over fire safety regulations.
Another two dozen people died in a pair of fires in Beijing’s migrant neighborhoods in 2017, while 58 perished when a massive fire swept through a 28-story housing block in Shanghai in 2010.