10 killed in fire in China's Xinjiang

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10 killed in fire in China's Xinjiang

A fire in an apartment building in northwestern China's Xinjiang region killed 10 people and injured nine, officials said on Friday night. The blaze took about three hours to extinguish after it broke out in a high-rise building in the regional capital of Urumqi.

The injuries sustained by nine others are not life-threatening, it added, adding that an investigation into the fire had begun.

The tragedy comes days after 38 people died in a fire at an industrial trading company in central China because of welding sparks that ignited cotton cloth.

Four people were arrested over the fire in the city of Anyang and local authorities ordered safety inspections.

As a result of the new COVID 19 outbreaks, lockdowns and rigid travel restrictions have resulted in a series of recent fires, explosions and building collapse around China, which has been plagued by ageing infrastructure, poor safety awareness and poor safety awareness.