Fire at warehouse in southern China kills 17

Fire at warehouse in southern China kills 17
Members of an emergency rescue team carry a mock victim as they participate in a drill simulating a fire incident at a firefighting training centre in Puyang

HONG KONG - A fire at a warehouse in China has killed at least 17 people, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety.

The fire broke out at on Thursday afternoon on the fourth floor of a small wholesale market in Huidong county in the southern province of Guangdong, the report said.

It took more than six hours for firefighters to bring the blaze under control, Xinhua added. It did not provide further details.

China, the world's second-largest economy, has a history of workplace disasters. Workers are often poorly trained or ill-equipped to protect themselves from industrial accidents.

A fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in the northeastern province of Jilin in June 2013 killed 120 people. The blaze was blamed on poor management, lack of government oversight and locked or blocked exits.

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