Furniture market fire kills nine, injures one in N China

2008-07-14 09:34:37 GMT       2008-07-14 17:34:37 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

SHIJIAZHUANG, July 14 (Xinhua) -- A fire in a furniture market in north China's Hebei Province on Monday killed at least nine people and left one other injured, the local authority said.

The blaze broke out at about 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Furniture Market in Quyang County, about 200 km southwest of Beijing, said a Hebei Provincial Work Safety Administration spokesman.

The fire had been extinguished. It was not immediately known how the blaze started.

An investigation into the accident was underway, the spokesman said.

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