A fire that swept through a rest home in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese authorities said Tuesday.
The fire broke out Monday night in an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in the city of Pingdingshan in Henan province, according to a statement from the province's work safety administration.
Two of the injured were in serious condition, the statement said. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that a rescue operation was still underway Tuesday morning and the cause of the fire was unclear.
With a rapidly aging population and under-resourced social security net, China faces increasing pressure to provide safe and affordable care for the elderly.
In 2013, a disgruntled resident set fire to a rest home, killing himself and 10 others, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.