A fire at a chemical and other industrial products company in central China’s Henan province has killed 38 people.
Some municipalities in Anyang issued a statement saying two other people were injured.
The Wenbo district government said the fire broke out late Monday afternoon and that firefighters took about three and a half hours to extinguish it.
Video footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed flames and smoke rising from what appeared to be a two-story building engulfed in flames.
Footage from the night shows firefighters using extended ladders and lights to examine scars and skeletons.
A fire at a chemical and industrial products company in central China’s Henan province has killed 36 people.
The causes of fires and the deaths of many workers are unknown, but China has a history of industrial accidents caused by a lack of attention to safety measures, intensifying competition, and corrupt officials.
Poor storage conditions, locked exits, and lack of fire extinguishing equipment are often cited as direct causes.
An online listing for a company called Kaixinda described it as a wholesaler of a wide range of industrial products, including what it described as specialty chemicals.
In 2015, a large explosion at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin killed 173 people, mostly firefighters and police officers.
False registrations and storage of chemicals were uncovered, and local officials were found to be complicit in distracting them from potential threats.
More than 200 search and rescue workers and 60 firefighters rushed to the Henan fire.
Densely populated and economically important states have seen countless deadly incidents that have led to the arrest of local officials.
Five people were detained after a building collapse killed 53 people on the outskirts of the provincial capital Changsha in April.