Shenzhen Market Fire Kills 16
   2013-12-11 12:41:03    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Mao

This photo taken with a cellphone shows a fire fighter working at the accident scene in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. 11, 2013. At least 16 people were killed and 5 others injured after a fire broke out in a market in south China's Shenzhen Wednesday morning, according to the city's fire department. [Photo: Xinhua] 

The death toll in a market fire in south China's Shenzhen Wednesday morning rose to 16, when fire fighters found another body in the debris.

Zhang Xiaowei, spokesman for the city fire department, said all of the victims were people occupying four stores in Rongjian Farmers' Market.

The fire broke out in the wholesale market in Guangming New District at about 1:30 a.m.. It was contained in about two hours, but not before engulfing an area of 1,000 square meters.

The fire department sent 29 fire engines carrying 145 fire fighters to the scene. Five people injured in fire were taken to hospital.

The spokesman said commercial tenants worked and boarded in the stores in the market.

An investigation is underway.

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