Factory fire in China's Zhejiang province kills 19: Official

At least eight people rescued including three, who sustained injuries, during the incident in Zhejiang's Nighhai county.

    A factory fire has killed 19 people in east China, local authorities said, in the latest fatal incident to hit the country's industrial sector.

    The fire broke out on Sunday at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province, the local government said on Monday on its official Weibo account, China's version of Twitter.

    The fire was put out three hours later, the statement added.

    The incident, which is under investigation, occurred at a facility owned by the Ruiqi Daily Necessities Company.

    Among eight people rescued from the fire, three were injured and sent to hospital for medical treatment, Ninghai authorities said.

    It made for a deadly weekend in China ahead of the communist-led country's 70th-anniversary celebrations on Tuesday.

    A packed bus collided with a truck in eastern Jiangsu province on Saturday, killing 36 people.

    Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.

    In March, a blast at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds.

    Four months later in July, a huge explosion left 15 dead at a gas plant in central China.

    Last November, a truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical factory in Zhangjiakou, a northern Chinese city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, killing 23 people and injuring 22 others.

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency