Eleven killed in homes blaze in eastern China
Eleven people died when a blaze engulfed two houses early on Monday, the local government said, in an eastern Chinese city prone to fatal fires.
The fire broke out soon after midnight in Taizhou in Zhejiang province and left two other people hospitalised in a serious condition, a local government statement said.
Ten more people sustained minor injuries.
The fire was soon brought under control and its cause is under investigation.
Deadly fires are common in China where fire safety regulations are widely flouted and enforcement is often lax.
Taizhou has seen a number of deadly fires in recent years.
At least 17 people were killed and several others injured in 2007 when a fire engulfed a building of shops and apartments in Taizhou.
Sixteen people perished in 2014 when a fire tore through a shoe factory in the city and another 18 died in February this year in a blaze at a foot massage parlour on the city’s outskirts.
Four people in charge of the massage establishment were held by the police following that disaster.