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June 03, 2013

Scores Killed in China Slaughterhouse Fire

by VOA News

Chinese officials and reports say the death toll from a fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China has reached at least 119.

Firefighters in Jilin province told the official Xinhua news agency that the fire broke out at around 6 am Monday at a slaughterhouse in Mishazi Township of Dehui City and took about six hours to bring under control.  Dozens of others have been hospitalized with injuries.

Xinhua said more than 300 workers were in the plant when the blaze broke out.  About 100 workers managed to escape from the buildings, although the gates were locked when the fire occurred.

The exact number of those trapped in the plant has not yet been confirmed and the death toll could rise further.