At least 38 people were killed and six were injured after a privately owned rest home in central China caught fire. Two of the six injured were in serious condition, informed the work safety bureau of Henan.
Fire broke out at a privately owned care home for elderly people in Pingdingshan, Henan province on Monday evening, the official news agency Xinhua informs.
Photos posted online shows black smoke from the back a petrol station near the care home. Search and rescue operation is underway, Xinhua said, informing that the cause of the fire is not yet clear.
Frequent incidents of industrial accidents and fires in China raised questions on safety standards.
In February, a nine-year-old boy was caught after a shopping mall blaze killed 17 people in Huidong, Guangdong. Police said that the incident was “caused by a boy playing with fire at the mall.”
In 2013, about 119 people were reported to be killed after a fire broke out at a poultry plant northeast of the country. In the same year, a discontented resident set fire at a rest home, killing himself and 10 others in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.