BEIJING: At least 113 people were killed when a fire broke out at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in China’s Jilin province on Monday morning, the local government and state media said.
More than 300 workers were in the plant when the fire broke out, with employees reporting hearing a sudden bang and then seeing dark smoke, Chinese official news agency Xinhua said.
“About 100 workers have managed to escape from the plant whose gate was locked when the fire occurred,” Xinhua said.
“The complicated interior structure of the prefabricated house in which the fire broke out and the narrow exits have added difficulties to the rescue work,” it added.
It said the fire was sparked by fault in electrical system of the farm.