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Eight killed in China house blaze

Posted on Feb 23, 07:31PM | IANS

Beijing, Feb 23 : At least eight people, including two children, were killed and 17 injured in China's Zhejiang province when a fire broke out in a residential area early Saturday.

The fire, which occurred in Wenling city, engulfed an area spread over 129 square metres, comprising three houses. The flames could be contained after an hour, Xinhua reported. Most the deceased were migrant workers.

The fire fighters, however, managed to rescue 17 people who suffered minor injuries, barring one who was badly wounded.

The cause of the blaze could not be immediately ascertained.