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Fire prevention a top priority for city campaign

(Global Times)

10:52, November 10, 2011

A staff from a Putuo district restaurant runs from a fire he just extinguished during a fire safety drill Wednesday, on 21st National Fire Prevention Day. Photo: Lu Yun/GT

Shanghai's latest fire prevention efforts have shut down some 532 public places and held more than 1,175 people responsible for fire hazards over the past several weeks, Shanghai Fire Control Bureau said Wednesday, on the 21st National Fire Prevention Day and days ahead of the first anniversary of the Jiaozhou Road fire.

The bureau said that the cases were discovered in a targeted campaign run by a special team of 19,000 officers from some 300 police stations citywide who inspected some 550,000 public places around town since the end of September.

By the end of last month, the city had seen 5,260 fire accidents since the start of the year, incidents that claimed the lives of 37 people and injured 43 others, resulting in an economic loss of 55.23 million yuan ($8.71 million), the bureau reported.

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