Skip to main content

Mall fire kills 19 in China, state media says

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police detained the mall's general manager for questioning
  • Another 27 people were injured in the 10-hour blaze, state media says
  • Twenty-four people remained hospitalized Saturday, none with serious injuries
RELATED TOPICS
  • China

Beijing, China (CNN) -- A shopping mall fire Friday in northeastern China killed 19 people and injured another 27, government media reported Saturday.

The fire in Jilin City took 10 hours to extinguish, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Twenty-four people remained hospitalized Saturday, none with serious injuries, Xinhua said, citing city government spokesman Liu Qizhi.

Police detained the mall's general manager for questioning, Xinhua said.

The blaze was contained mostly to the fourth floor of the five-story building, the news agency said. The fourth floor housed furniture stores. A gymnasium on the fifth floor also was damaged, Xinhua reported.

Sixty-four stores were open when the fire broke out Friday around 9:15 a.m. (9:15 p.m. ET), Xinhua said.

The lower floors of the shopping mall, which was built in 1987, are occupied by stores that sell garments and shoes.

 
Quick Job Search