Luoyang hotel fire kills 7, injures
( 2004-01-30 23:50)
Seven people are confirmed dead from early yesterday's
blaze at a hotel in Central China's Henan Province, with
17 others seriously injured.
Police inspect a charred hotel building in Luoyang, Central
China¡¯s Henan Province, after a fire that killed
seven people and injured 17 others, January 30, 2004. It
is said that improper use of fire by a hotel staff started
the fire in the Deep Forest Hotel in the early hours Friday
All the injured are undergoing medical treatment at local
hospitals and a suspect has been arrested, according to
Firefighters in Luoyang rushed to the Shensen Hotel two
minutes after they received the report yesterday morning.
A total of 22 firefighters were sent to put out the fire
and a rescue team, headed by vice-mayor, was immediately
The blaze was caused by Liu Yongjie, a security warden
at the hotel, who accidentally set his overcoat ablaze with
a coal fire.
Liu, who was on the run after the incident, was caught
by local police later yesterday.
According to Ministry of Public Security, a total of 17,000
fire accidents were reported across the country during the
seven-day-long Spring Festival holiday, claiming 141 lives,
and costing over 40.5 million yuan (US$4.9 million).
The number of accidents caused by residents setting off
fireworks and firecrackers accounted for 41.2 per cent,
large increase compared to the same period of last year,
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