A fire at an agricultural trade market in Kunming left fifty stores in ashes after breaking out early Wednesday morning. Twelve people have been reported to be killed in the fire, which raged through an area larger than 3,300 square meters located in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The trade center is home to about 200 stores, leaving many local merchants affected by the devastating effects of the fire.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but the flames spread quickly after engulfing a warehouse facility containing industrial alcohol.
A number of shop-owners and their customers were trapped in the fire and had to climb out of second- and third-storey windows to escape from the fire. It took the local fire brigade up to five hours to put out the fire.
11 people died at the scene and one person failed to survive the ride to the hospital. A handful of people remain injured and are receiving treatment in hospital. Local police has ruled out the possibility of arson.
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By Evelien van der Veer