CHINA: Fourteen killed in Chinese factory fire - reports
Fourteen people were killed and another was injured in a fire at a an underwear factory in south China's Guangdong Province Tuesday, according to state media reports.
The fire at a four-storey building in the city of Shantou, was allegedly started by a disgruntled former factory worker.
The Xinhua news agency report said that Liu Shuangyun, who has been apprehended by police, allegedly brought petroleum to set the fire and then fled the scene afterwards.
Liu had reportedly worked in the factory for about one year and been paid on a piece-work basis for producing underwear. He lit the fire because the factory boss always docked his wages, taking a total of CNY3,000 to date, the report said.
Some 27 people were working at the factory when the fire started.
The case is still being investigated, and Shantou City is working to determine the identities of the 14 dead and undertake check-ups on the safety of other factory facilities in the city.
A factory fire killed at least 110 people in Bangladesh on 24 November, and two factory fires killed at least 265 people in Pakistan during September.
- Improved supplier capabilities benefit Next
- THE FLANARANT: Understand win-win or lose out
- China and Vietnam lead US apparel imports in July
- Next H1: What the analysts say
- Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence
- Brandix selects first "game-changing" innovations
- H&M goes green with Conscious Denim
- TPP talks "make progress" but issues remain
- Adidas defends position despite investor unrest
- US cotton production set to decline
- Wool in the 21st Century: new prospects for a familiar fibre
- Apparel Market in China to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020
- Global Database of the Top 1000 Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, Key Executives, and Contact Details
- Global Database of the Top 1000 Cut and Sew Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, Key Executives, and Contact Details