12 killed in warehouse fire in central China city

16:39, July 12, 2011      

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Photo taken on July 12, 2011 shows the inside of the building that caught fire in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. A warehouse caught fire on Tuesday, killing 12 as of the press time. Eight people were rescued from the fire and rushed to the hospital, witnesses said. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)


At least 12 people were killed in a warehouse fire in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday.

Firefighters have just put out the fire that started at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Eight people were rescued from the fire and rushed to the hospital, witnesses said. Conditions of the people are not known at this time.

Police have cordoned off the area and are searching for victims.

A spokesman with the fire brigade said most of the people were trapped on the second-floor of the multi-story warehouse after the fire broke out, and the fire sprawled over an area of 1,000 square meters.

Wuhan's party chief Ruan Chengfa and mayor Tang Liangzhi were at the fire scene to oversee the fire fighting and rescue work Tuesday morning.

The warehouse, located in an industrial park in Wuhan's economic and technological development zone, is rented by a latex firm. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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