At least 112 people have died in an horrific fire that broke out at a poultry farm in Dehui, Jilin province, according to government spokespeople.
According to Xinhua, the fire began at just after 6am in the slaughterhouse owned by Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Dehui.
Over 300 people were in the plant at the time, according to survivors, about 100 managed to escape despite the gate being locked when the fire broke out.
“I started working at 6 a.m. along with another 100 workers in my workshop. There were two workshops in the plant,” said Wang Fengya, a 44-year-old female worker who was burnt in escaping.
“Soon after, someone shouted ‘run away!’ and we quickly ran to the exit, which is about 40 meters away from my seat. Suddenly, the lights inside went out and the plant got quite dark,” said Wang, adding that her legs felt like jelly as she fled.
Wang said she fell down and hurt herself in escaping. “When I finally ran out and looked back at the plant, I saw high flames,” she added.
It is unclear how many workers remain trapped inside the building. Survivors interviewed by CCTV said the believed the fire may have started in a locker room.
[Image credit: Weibo, Netease]