Fire Kills 10 in Chinas Xinjiang, Raising Questions About Lockdown
A fire in a residential high-rise in Urumqi, where many residents have been under lockdown, set off public anger and questions about Chinas zero-Covid policy.
Ten people were killed and nine injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Xinjiang, a far western Chinese region, officials said, where Covid-19 lockdowns have confined many residents to their homes for more than three months.
The fire began on the 15th floor of an apartment building in the Jixiangyuan neighborhood of Urumqi, Xinjiangs capital, on Thursday evening, the citys Fire Department said. It later rose to engulf the two floors above, with smoke billowing up farther, the department said on its official account on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform.
The fire was ignited by a power strip that caught fire in a bedroom on the 15th floor, state media reported. Firefighters extinguished the blaze roughly three hours later, reports said. The authorities said that the dead and injured, who were taken to the hospital, had inhaled toxic fumes.
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