Death toll rises to 16 in Zhejiang fire
Rescue workers Thursday afternoon found in the debris a body of a woman who had been missing after a major fire in Pingyang County of east China's Zhejiang Province late on Wednesday.
That brings the death toll from the fire disaster to 16, said sources from Zhejiang Provincial Fire Control Brigade.
According to the brigade, the fire occurred at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wenzhou Glory Leather Products Co. Ltd. in Pingyang, and was extinguished by 11 p.m. the same day. At first, authorities believed that the fire only killed one person and injured two.
But by 9 a.m. Thursday, the death toll rose to 10, and the number of those injured in the fire climbed up to 12.
All the injured are now hospitalized. Debris clearing was called to an end, said the sources.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.