Building collapses in southern China, killing at least four

A collapsed building in Quanzhou, south of Shanghai, killed at least four people on Saturday. According to local media, the nine-story building that collapsed belongs to the same company that reported the fire department to authorities Friday after a fire broke out in one of its dormitories. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

On Friday, a different man-made problem contributed to the fire, when 250 residents of a residential care center, located not far from the company’s old dormitory, were forced to take shelter in the nearby Qinlu Fairground due to the fire. Many spent the night in the park, which in turn spurred firefighters to evacuate some 2,000 people from nearby residences and hotels.

However, the fire has been quickly extinguished, and the death toll from Friday’s incident stands at 11.

Police have already arrested one person in connection with the fire.

At least 8 injured in April building collapse — Dunya News (@DunyaNews) May 19, 2016

A thousand residents evacuated overnight due to building collapse in Quanzhou — Dunya News (@DunyaNews) May 19, 2016

Read the full story at South China Morning Post.


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