Fatal dormitory fire in Central China kills 13, ignites calls for safety reforms

Rescuers swiftly responded to the emergency, extinguishing the flames by 11:38 pm (GMT+8). Tragically, 13 individuals have been confirmed dead, and one person sustained injuries but is currently in stable condition receiving treatment at the hospital, according to Xinhua.

A fire in a school dormitory in Henan province, central China, has left 13 people dead, as reported by the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. The fire broke out at the Yingcai School in Yanshanpu village in Henan, with the local fire department notified at 11 pm on Friday.

Rescuers swiftly responded to the emergency, extinguishing the flames by 11:38 pm (GMT+8). Tragically, 13 individuals have been confirmed dead, and one person sustained injuries but is currently in stable condition receiving treatment at the hospital, according to Xinhua.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by local authorities, and at least one person connected to the school has been detained in connection with the incident. The exact details of the victims, including whether children were among those who lost their lives, have not been specified in the initial reports.

Yanshanpu village, located on the outskirts of Nanyang, a city with nearly 10 million residents, has been deeply affected by this tragic incident. The news of the fire has sparked outrage on Chinese social media platforms, with users expressing their grief and calling for severe punishment if safety lapses are found to be a contributing factor. The loss of 13 lives, representing 13 families, has left a profound impact, prompting a demand for accountability and justice.

Tragically, deadly accidents like fires are not very uncommon in China. These are often attributed to lax safety standards and inadequate enforcement. In November, a fire at a coal company office in Shanxi province claimed around 26 lives, and in July, a school gym roof collapse in the country’s northeast resulted in 11 fatalities. Earlier incidents, including a restaurant explosion and a hospital fire, have raised concerns about workplace safety and emergency preparedness in various sectors.

Following the November coal company fire, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for thorough investigations into the hidden risks in key industries and emphasized the need to enhance emergency plans and prevention measures nationwide. The recent school dormitory fire highlights the ongoing challenges and the pressing need to ensure safety standards and maintain vigilance in preventing such tragic incidents from happening in the future.