Fire at China claims 38 lives

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Beijing: A fire at a care home in central China left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said on Tuesday. The fire broke out last evening in an apartment building at a privately owned old people’s home in Pingdingshan, the official news agency Xinhua said.

Two of the injured were in critical condition in hospital, the work safety bureau of the central province of Henan said in a statement on its website. Pictures posted online showed a thick column of black smoke rising from behind a petrol station near the facility. Search and rescue operations were continuing, Xinhua said, and the cause of the fire remained unclear.