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15 killed, 44 injured in residential building fire in China


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At least 15 people were killed in the residential building fire in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Friday. (Photo: AP)

At 15 people were killed and 44 others sustained injuries after a residential building caught fire in Nanjung, China on Saturday, SCMP reported.

The blaze started at 4.39am from a ground-level area where electric bikes were parked in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and was extinguished by 6am, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Authorities in southeastern China are investigating whether electric bikes are to blame for a fire that erupted in a residential building early on Friday morning, killing at least 15 people, according to mainland media reports.

Residents were woken by the sound of an explosion and saw the fire surge upwards, according to reports from state-owned China National Radio.

 Footage posted online showed residents on higher floors of the building in Yuhuatai district screaming for help.

Shanghai-based news outlet The Paper quoted a heavily pregnant woman and her husband as saying they covered themselves with wet pillowcases to shield themselves from smoke in their escape from the 30th floor.

A team has been set up to investigate the incident.

Parking electric bicycles or charging them inside buildings was banned in 2018 when the Ministry of Public Security introduced rules in response to safety fears.


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