At least 39 people are reported to have died after a fire broke out at a shop in central China’s Jiangxi province. A fire broke out in the basement of a building in Xinyue city on Wednesday afternoon local time.
This information was reported by the British news media BBC.
Around a hundred fire service personnel, police, emergency service personnel and local administration personnel have reached the spot. The report said that rescue operations are underway. Several others were reportedly injured in the incident.
A video shared by the country’s state-run Global Times showed heavy smoke billowing from the building and several people jumping from the building’s windows. But that video has not yet been verified by the BBC.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an investigation into the cause of the fire and “resolute control” of such incidents.
Earlier, 13 schoolchildren died in a fire at a school dormitory in central Henan province. Just a few days after that incident, there was another fire incident on Wednesday.