UPDATE: Deadly fire in Chinese poultry plant

David Manly
Monday, 03 June 2013
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UPDATE:

Jun. 10, 2013 - According to the New York Times, authorities have arrested two individuals regarding the fire in a poultry factory that has killed at least 120 people and injured at least 77.

"One of the men arrested was Jia Yushan, owner and president of Baoyuanfeng, the poultry processing company. The second man arrested was Zhang Yushen, the general manager," according to a report by the Xinhua news agency.

 

Jun. 3, 2013 - A deadly fire broke out in a crowded poultry processing plant early on Monday in northeastern China, reportedly killing almost 120 people.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the fire in China's Dehui City in the Jilin Province has risen to 119 as of Monday afternoon. Search and rescue is reportedly on scene, with the precise number of workers at the plant at the time of the fire estimated to be as many as 350.

The disaster has so far claimed the lives of 119 people, and sent 54 people to the hospital.

The CBC is reporting that, according to the provincial fire department, the fire is being attributed to an ammonia leak from the cooling system as the cause of the the explosions.

 

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