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December 10, 1994 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tragic fire that killed at least 300 schoolchildren and teachers in a movie theater in remote northwestern China was caused when sparks from an electrical short circuit ignited flammable stage curtains and quickly spread into the crowded hall, officials here said Friday. In the wake of the tragedy, the State Council issued an emergency circular ordering local governments to inspect dance halls, cinemas, theaters, restaurants, stores and other public places for fire safety.
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June 3, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China that claimed at least 119 lives Monday is one of a string of Asian disasters that have spotlighted poor industrial safety standards. The most shocking example took place just over a month ago, when a garment factory complex collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, killing at least 1,127 people. An engineer had warned that the Rana Plaza building was unsafe, but garment workers who expressed fear about entering the building were ordered back to work by their employers.
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December 9, 1994 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire swept through a movie theater in the remote Xinjiang region where more than 1,000 schoolchildren were attending a cultural program, the official Guangming Daily newspaper reported today. A local official in Karamay, an oil city in northwest China, said as many as 300 children died in the blaze at the Friendship Hall cinema in that city, Reuters news agency reported. However, no official statement on the death toll had been released by this afternoon.
WORLD
July 22, 2011 | By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
At least 41 people were killed and six injured after an overcrowded bus burst into flames in China's central Henan province early Friday morning, according to the state-run Chinese Central Television. The bus, which had a maximum capacity of 35 passengers, was carrying 47 people at the time of the accident, officials said. CNN reported that the six people rescued from the bus, including the driver, were hospitalized. "The fire was so big that some bodies were burned beyond recognition -- and the death toll is being tallied," Sun Jun, deputy director of the local government information office, told CNN. Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, investigators believe the vehicle may have been carrying hazardous materials, state media reported.
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December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Authorities have detained the operators of a dance hall where hundreds of people were killed in a Christmas night fire, state media said today. Revelers in the fourth-floor disco and construction workers on the floors below were among the 309 fatalities from the raging blaze. The reports said that the disco, located inside a six-story shopping center in the central Chinese city of Luoyang, was operating illegally.
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December 29, 2000 | Associated Press
Angered by revelations of years of safety violations at a shopping center that caught fire on Christmas, relatives of hundreds of people who died in the blaze marched Thursday to demand better public safety and complain of callous treatment by authorities. President Jiang Zemin expressed "extreme concern" and ordered officials to "do a good job in dealing with the aftermath of the fire," the official New China News Agency said.
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February 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fire that tore through a Chinese department store and killed 79 people was blamed on lax workers doing electrical welding. The blaze ripped through the three-story Linxi department store in the northeastern city of Tangshan during peak shopping hours Sunday afternoon. It ranked as one of the deadliest fires to strike China in recent years. Safety standards have become the object of increasing concern as China embarks on a nationwide construction craze.
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December 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Chinese investigators believe that sparks from a welding torch ignited a Christmas night blaze in a shopping center that killed 309 people, most of them revelers in a disco, the official New China News Agency said today. Four welders who fled without raising the alarm were arrested, the agency said. Eight other people who gave false testimony about the incident in the central city of Luoyang were also held Wednesday, it added.
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June 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire at a kindergarten dormitory killed 13 children, the oldest just 4, the official New China News Agency reported. The blaze in Nanchang, capital of the southern province of Jiangxi, started when a burning coil of mosquito repellent set fire to bedding, the report said. Seven boys and six girls from the Jiangxi Radio and Television Arts Kindergarten died. Police arrested three supervisors, including one who lighted three coils in the dorm where the fire started, the report said.
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December 10, 1995 | Reuters
A fire killed 18 young women when it ripped through a four-story sauna and bathhouse in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the New China News Agency said Saturday. The blaze erupted Friday night in the flourishing capital of Guangdong province abutting Hong Kong, the official news agency said. It said the victims, all attendants at the bathhouse, died of smoke inhalation.
WORLD
May 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A stockpile of chemicals being used to disinfect an earthquake-shattered town caught fire Thursday, injuring soldiers doing relief work, as heavy rain added to the misery of survivors in tents or lean-tos. The official New China News Agency reported that more than 800 people were evacuated from the town of Leigu, in devastated Beichuan County, to avoid a cloud of chlorine gas caused by the blaze.
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June 28, 2002 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first, Song Yozhu thought that his 14-year-old grandson was on drugs. The boy rarely came home. When he did show up, he was lethargic. Then, a few weeks ago, he and a 13-year-old friend bleached their hair blond and started living together in an empty apartment. "He told me, no, he was not on drugs," Song said. "He had been hanging out at the wang ba. He said he went there almost every night." Wang bas are China's 200,000 Internet cafes, the vast majority of them illegal.
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June 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire at a kindergarten dormitory killed 13 children, the oldest just 4, the official New China News Agency reported. The blaze in Nanchang, capital of the southern province of Jiangxi, started when a burning coil of mosquito repellent set fire to bedding, the report said. Seven boys and six girls from the Jiangxi Radio and Television Arts Kindergarten died. Police arrested three supervisors, including one who lighted three coils in the dorm where the fire started, the report said.
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December 29, 2000 | Associated Press
Angered by revelations of years of safety violations at a shopping center that caught fire on Christmas, relatives of hundreds of people who died in the blaze marched Thursday to demand better public safety and complain of callous treatment by authorities. President Jiang Zemin expressed "extreme concern" and ordered officials to "do a good job in dealing with the aftermath of the fire," the official New China News Agency said.
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December 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Chinese investigators believe that sparks from a welding torch ignited a Christmas night blaze in a shopping center that killed 309 people, most of them revelers in a disco, the official New China News Agency said today. Four welders who fled without raising the alarm were arrested, the agency said. Eight other people who gave false testimony about the incident in the central city of Luoyang were also held Wednesday, it added.
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December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Authorities have detained the operators of a dance hall where hundreds of people were killed in a Christmas night fire, state media said today. Revelers in the fourth-floor disco and construction workers on the floors below were among the 309 fatalities from the raging blaze. The reports said that the disco, located inside a six-story shopping center in the central Chinese city of Luoyang, was operating illegally.
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June 29, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A massive fire in a suburban chemical plant here left three people dead and dozens injured, city officials said Saturday. The blaze erupted at 9:30 p.m. Friday in a storage-container area of the Dongfang Chemical Factory in Beijing's Tongzhou district, said a city spokesman who identified himself as Mr. Sun. Three people were killed and 64 were injured, 12 of them seriously.
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November 20, 1993 | Associated Press
More than 80 workers, mostly women, died and dozens more were severely burned Friday in a fire that swept through a plastic-toy factory in southern China. Many of the casualties were blamed on locked or sealed windows and doors that prevented workers from escaping, Hong Kong newspapers said today. The fire raced through the first two stories of the three-story Zhili Handicraft Factory in Kuiyong, near the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen.
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December 26, 2000 | TYLER MARSHALL and ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 300 people, many of them attending a Christmas night disco party, died and dozens more were injured when a fire engulfed a multistory commercial building in the ancient city of Luoyang, local officials and Chinese media accounts reported today. Several hundred people reportedly were trapped in the dance hall on the building's fourth floor when the fire broke out about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Many of those attending the disco party were unable to flee.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1998 | LEE HARRIS
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