Fire at southwest China tyre store kills 4, including 3 children

14:49, February 25, 2011      

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A store selling and fixing auto tyres in southwest China's Guizhou Province caught fire Friday morning, killing four people,including three children, the local government said.

It was not clear how the fire broke out at the store, located in a three-story building in Yangchuan town of Suiyang county in Zunyi city, a spokesman with the county government said.

The local fire brigade received reports of the fire at 6:40 a.m., he said.

The store owner, Wu Mingyou, was injured but his wife Gou Lan and three children, aged from 10 months to 5 years, died at the scene, the spokesman said.

Police said Wu was from the outer Fenghua town and had leased the building in the county seat to run his private business.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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