Eight dead in shop fire in south China

14:27, January 14, 2011      

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A fire engulfed a roadside store in south China's Guangdong Province on midnight Thursday, leaving eight people dead and one injured, local firefighters said Friday.

The fire at 11:31 p.m. Thursday broke out in a hardware store on the first floor of a five-story building in Zhangmutou Township, Dongguan City, the provincial fire brigade said in a statement.

Three were found dead at the scene and five died later at hospital, it said.

Firefighters put out the fire at 0:20 a.m. Friday and also managed to evacuate 14 people, including one injured, who live on the floors above the 100-square-meter store.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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