Beijing, Ta. 25
A massive fire broke out at a martial arts boarding school in China’s Henan province. 12 were killed and 17 were injured. Investigators said most of the dead were children.
A fire broke out at a martial arts school in Xicheng County, near the city of Shuangqi in China’s Henan province. On the first floor of the building was the Jensing Martial Arts Center. There was a huge fire on the same floor.
The children were sleeping when the fire started. 3 children lived in the boarding school. As soon as the children woke up, there was a fire all around. There was no way out.
Witnesses said the children shouted for help. The atmosphere became heavy with painful screams. Hearing the cries of the children, people ran. People tried to douse the fire by pouring water but the fire spread so much that it could not be controlled.
A fire brigade team applauded the efforts to douse the fire. Rescue teams were called to rescue the children, but by then 12 children had died. 19 seriously injured.
Investigators said most of the dead were children. The police arrested the principal of the martial arts school and interrogated him.