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Restaurant Fire Kills 11 in Northeastern China

Chinese state media say a fire in a popular restaurant in the northeastern province of Liaoning has killed 11 people and injured 16 others.

The official Xinhua news agency reports Sunday that the fire broke out in the kitchen and fully engulfed the Baixinglou restaurant in the city of Chaoyang Saturday evening. Firefighters put out the blaze after battling the flames for more than hour.

Xinhua says the victims included diners and waiters at the restaurant. They are hospitalized and are reported in stable condition.

The news agency says initial investigations show improper use of a stove sparked the fire.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.