Seven-day deadline on hotel fire safety

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 July, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 July, 1996, 12:00am

More than 200 hotels and guest houses in Shenzhen have been given seven days to put their fire safety systems in order or face fines or closure.

The order follows Wednesday's fatal fire at the Duan Xi Hotel in the city which claimed 29 lives and injured 13.

A Shenzhen Government spokesman, Li Xiaogan , said the Fire Services and Safety Committee would establish an inspection team for a thorough check in 20 days when the seven-day grace period was over.

'Those failing to comply with the fire safety regulations will be fined or face closure,' he said.

The condition of 13 people who were injured in the blaze had not stabilised yesterday.

A medical team comprising at least three burns specialists from Guangzhou has been providing round-the-clock treatment for a hotel staff member who suffered more than 50 per cent burns.

Two patients had fractures and 10 suffered severe smoke inhalation, including brain and lung damage.

Authorities said they were still unable to release the identities of the dead and the cause of the blaze was not yet known.

Security officers kept the scene cordoned off yesterday and turned away onlookers who went to survey the aftermath of the tragedy.