A fire at a factory in central China has killed at least 36 people, two others are missing and two others in hospital, although their condition is not considered life-threatening. State media reported that the fire broke out at a factory in Anyang city in central Henan province on Monday, November 21.

Xinhua news agency reported the story but gave no further details.

Emergency services were reportedly notified of the fire at 4:22 p.m. local time at Kaixinda Trading Co Ltd in Wenfeng district, or “high-tech zone”, in Anyang city.

Television channel CCTV said: “After receiving the alarm, the municipal fire detachment immediately dispatched forces to the scene.

“Public security, emergency response, city administration and power supply units rushed to the scene at the same time to carry out emergency handling and rescue operations.”

They added that the fire was extinguished around 11 p.m. local time.

Authorities say “suspected criminals” have been taken into custody in connection with the incident, although no further details have been released.

In June this year, one person was killed and another injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Shanghai.

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One of the worst industrial accidents in China’s history happened four years ago in 2015 at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin.

A giant explosion at the warehouse killed 173 people and eight people are missing, presumed dead.

A number of emergency service responders also lost their lives in the tragedy, including police officers and 104 firefighters.

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