A fire has killed 38 people at a company dealing in chemicals and other industrial goods in central China’s Henan province, in Anyang city .Two other people were injured, Monday evening, and two were missing. Many of the dead were women who made winter cotton clothes at the factory. More than 200 search-and-rescue workers and 60 firefighters responded at the scene. Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to rescue the injured. The President required local authorities to learn a profound lesson from the accident. Four people have been detained but not formally arrested over the fire. It’s said the fire was caused by welding sparks that ignited cotton cloth being stored at a facility run by the firm Kaixinda. It took more than seven hours to extinguish the fire.
Densely populated and economically prominent Henan has seen a number of recent deadly incidents blamed on violations of safety regulations. In March 2019, an explosion at a chemical factory in Yancheng, located 260km (161 miles) from Shanghai, killed 78 people and devastated homes in a several-kilometre radius.