A task force is understood to have been set up to investigate a fire that broke out at a lingerie factory in Puning, Guangdong province that killed 11 people.

The blaze broke out in the five-story cement frame building at around 1pm on Wednesday (26 March), according to China Daily. Eleven people died from suffocation in the workshop, the publication noted, which mainly manufactures underwear. Another 15 workers were injured.

The police are understood to be looking for the factory boss considered responsible for the fire, who escaped the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.