Fires kill 40 in China during Lunar New Year holiday [China]

Author: Xinhua [China], Published on: 9 February 2011

Forty people died in more than 118,000 cases of fire reported across celebrated the Lunar New Year holiday with fireworks…The incidents also injured 37 people and caused more than 56 million yuan (8.5 million U.S. dollars) in damages, which is almost double the figure from last year…Fire departments have been strengthening monitoring of high-rise buildings, shopping malls, markets, construction sites and other crowded or vulnerable locations...173 companies were suspended...for failing to meet fire prevention and control standards....

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