16 dead after fire rips through farmers' market in southern China
Firefighters clear debris from a market damaged by fire in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo)
Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:58AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:21AM EST
BEIJING -- An overnight fire at a farmers' market in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen killed at least 16 people and injured five others, local authorities said Wednesday.
The Shenzhen municipal government said in a statement that the fire broke out at about 1:30 a.m. at the Rongjian Wholesale Produce Market and engulfed an area of 1,000 square meters before being put out at 3 p.m.
It said 16 people were dead and five injured. Those hospitalized were in stable condition, the statement said. The official Xinhua News Agency reported later that the manager of the market was in police custody.
The Shenzhen government did not say what might have caused the fire but said the authorities would perform a thorough, citywide safety check to prevent similar incidents.