5 firefighters killed in NE China warehouse blaze

 

 

 

 

Photo taken on January 2, 2015 shows heavy smoke spurting from a warehouse in Harbin, capital

of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.   Photo by Xiao Jinbiao

 

Firemen spray water to douse a fire that engulfed a warehouse in Harbin, capital of northeast

China’s Heilongjiang Province, on January 2, 2015.   Photo by Xiao Jinbiao

 

Cell phone photo taken on January 2, 2015 shows firefighters working near a warehouse collapsed

due to fire in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. An unknown number of

firefighters were buried in the collapsed warehouse on Friday night while they were trying to put

out the fire, local authorities said.   Photo by Zhang Yue

 

Smokes rise from a collapsed warehouse at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Harbin,

capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, on January 3, 2015. The fire broke out

at about 1 p.m. on Friday of January 2. Five firefighters were killed and another 14 were injured

on Friday night while they were trying to put out the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated.  

Photo by Wang Jianwei

 

 

 

HARBIN  |  2015-01-03 21:04:33

 

5 firefighters killed

in NE China warehouse blaze

 

 

By Cao Kai, Wang Chunyu and Qiang yong

 

 

The death toll of a fire in northeast China has climbed to five as the bodies of two missing firefighters were found, local authorities said on Saturday of January 3.

In total, five firefighters were killed and another 14 injured in a warehouse blaze in Harbin city of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, according to rescuers.

The age of the deceased ranged between 18 and 22.

The firemen were buried by debris while trying to put out the fire, which burnt down the third floor of a market warehouse at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market at 9:37 p.m. on Friday, burying firemen on the second floor.

The 14 injured firemen were rushed to hospital. Three of them were in critical condition.

The warehouse is part of a 11-story residential building. The first to third floors are used as warehouses and the rest eight floors are residential.

The fire broke out at 1:14 p.m. on Friday. The open flames were put out at about 11 a.m. on Saturday. Firemen are still spraying water at the site to extinguish the smouldering flames.

About 2,000 local residents nearby have been evacuated to temporary settlements.

The local civil affairs department has dispatched 500 cotton-padded clothes and 1,000 quilts to the affected residents.

The Harbin municipal government has ordered an overhaul on all places with high density of population.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has dispatched experts to Harbin for disaster relief and urged all fire departments to carry out examinations so as to rule out hidden dangers.

“Dense population areas and places that are prone to combustion and explosions should be particularly inspected,” said Yang Jianmin, an official with the firefighter department of the MPS.

Training on fire safety should also be made to grassroots level residents, including escaping drills and self rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

HARBIN  |  2015-01-11 13:28:48

 

Residents back home

after fatal warehouse blaze

 

By Yi Ling and Zhang Yue

 

Some evacuated residents living close to a warehouse that suffered a major fire are returning to their homes in northeast China, the local government said on Sunday of January 12.

A total of 752 households with 2,731 residents were removed from the site of the incident, however, only 200 residents can return home after a safety check on their buildings. The rest are staying with relatives, or places provided by the government, according to the provincial fire brigade of Heilongjiang.

The buildings deemed fit for habitation are further away from the fire site. Those next to the warehouse are still cordoned off, and experts have suggested demolishing the residential buildings.

The government promised each evacuated family a monthly allowance of at least 2,000 yuan (333 U.S. dollars).

A 50-strong rescue team remains at the scene and is assisting investigators.

A fire broke out at a warehouse at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Daowai District at 1:14 p.m. on January 2.

A total of five firefighters were killed and another 14 were injured.

The warehouse is part of an 11-story residential building. The first three floors are used as a warehouse for household supplies, including brooms and plastic products. The remaining eight floors are residential.

The fire has continued unabated for more than 30 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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