AT least two people were killed and another injured in a shoe factory blaze on the outskirts of Guangzhou, according to municipal fire officials. The fire, which took more than 100 firefighters about six hours to extinguish, broke out early on Sunday afternoon in the warehouse of a Taiwan-mainland joint venture shoe factory in Shijing, about 10 kilometres from central Guangzhou. Two men, one from Taiwan and another a temporary worker from Henan province, were killed, a fire official said yesterday. Their identities have not yet been confirmed. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. The official said it had virtually demolished the bulk of the factory, which covered an area of 3,000 square metres. The official said that due to a lack of fire hydrants or portable supplies in the area, firemen had to use water from nearby fish ponds to put out the blaze. The lack of a concrete partition to serve as a firebreak between the warehouse and the workshop was another reason why the fire had gutted the factory, the official said. 'There is only a wire-gauze partition. We had already told them this was not up to standard after in previous inspections. But it is common in Taiwan-funded factories here,' he said. About 30 people people reportedly were working in the factory at the time. A total of 25 fire trucks were mobilised to fight the blaze.