At least five dead in Shanghai market blaze, several injured

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 9:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 5:48pm

A fire at a wholesale market in Shanghai’s Pudong district has left at least five people dead and scores injured, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The fire broke out at about 8.30pm on Sunday at the Shanghai Agricultural Products Wholesale Market along Shanghai South Highway No 2000 in Pudong New Area, the city’s main commercial district.

Firefighters struggled to put out the fire for hours and did not manage to suppress the blaze until 3am on Monday.

The fire department said 10 people were injured while some media reports put the figure at 12. 

According to the Changhai Hospital, eight people have been admitted, three of whom were suffering from severe burns and five others with moderate to mild burns.

A 57-year-old woman had burns on up to 85 per cent of her body and was suffering from severe smoke inhalation, Xinhua reported.

A 9-year-old girl also suffered severe burns on 48 per cent of her body and severe inhalation of smoke.

Firefighters were conducting door-to-door search and rescue on Monday morning.

The Pudong market is said to be the largest integrated agricultural products wholesale market in Shanghai, selling a range of meat, vegetables, seafood, sundries and dry goods.