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Ten dead, nine injured in fire in China's Xinjiang

AFP . Beijing
25 Nov 2022 10:42:25 | Update: 25 Nov 2022 11:23:29
Ten dead, nine injured in fire in China's Xinjiang
Representational Photo — Courtesy/Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence

Ten people were killed and nine injured in a fire in a residential building in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, state media reported Friday.

The blaze broke out in a high-rise building on Thursday night, state news agency Xinhua said, at about 7:50 pm (1150 GMT). 

"Ten people died despite emergency treatment," Xinhua reported. 

"The injuries sustained by nine others are not life-threatening," it added, saying an investigation into the fire had begun.

Deadly fires are common in China, due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcing them.

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