CHONGQING: A fire at a furniture factory in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality left three workers dead and three others injured Saturday, local authorities said.
The fire started at about 4 p.m. at the factory that produces sofa in northern part of the city, when about 10 people were working in the main workshop, a spokesman with the Chongqing fire-prevention authorities said.
More than 50 firemen and seven fire engines were dispatched to quench the blaze, which was put out an hour and a half later, the spokesman said.
Some residents living nearby were temporarily evacuated, he said.
The workshop, with a floor space of about 300 square meters, were destroyed in the fire, he said.
The injured workers are being treated at a local hospital, he said.
Local work safety authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, he added.