A major fire broke out in the HNA Platinum Mix Hotel Saturday in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. More than 10 construction workers were working on a decoration project on the second floor when the fire occurred. Many people were trapped inside the building. At least 10 persons were killed and 14 others injured.
Firefighters found seven bodies in debris, and three of the 16 people hospitalized have succumbed to their injuries. The four-storey hotel is connected to a 24-storey apartment building where over 260 residents were evacuated. About 10 fire tenders arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. The four-storey hotel has been surrounded by fire engines and ambulances. "Initial investigations found the fire was caused by cutting of decoration materials and further investigation is under way," the police said. Seven people in connection with the case have been taken into police custody. A man who broke the window to jump from the second floor was injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. HNA Hotel Platinum Mix is located in the heart of the new business and government district, near the historical Tengwang Pavilion, the famous Ba Yi bridge and the Qiushui Square, overlooking the Gan River and the world's highest Ferris wheel. It offers 114 rooms and suites of high level.