Thu, February 05, 2009
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Wholesale market in downtown C China city catches fire

2009-02-05 09:18:09 GMT2009-02-05 17:18:09 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Smoke rises from a nine-story Yuanxiang Building where a fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 5, 2009. Some casualties have been sent to hospital.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)

Smoke rises from a nine-story Yuanxiang Building where a fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 5, 2009. Some casualties have been sent to hospital.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)

Fire fighters work in front of a nine-story Yuanxiang Building where a fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 5, 2009. Some casualties have been sent to hospital.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)

Rescuers are ready to search for survivors in a nine-story Yuanxiang Building where a fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 5, 2009. Some casualties have been sent to hospital.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)

Fire fighters put out fire in a nine-story Yuanxiang Building in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 5, 2009. The fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. and some casualties have been sent to hospital.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)

WUHAN, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were injured, including one critically, in a fire at a mixed commercial-residential building in downtown Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province.

Doctors from the Wuhan No.1 Hospital told Xinhua they had received 10 injured people as of 3 p.m.. One person was in critical condition.

It is still unknown whether there are any fatalities.

The fire broke out in a plastic products warehouse on the second floor of the nine-story Yuanxiang Building in the Hanzhengjie Wholesale Market at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. It is still burning.

The building was enveloped in smoke that has been described as pungent.

The ground, second and third floors are a mix of stores and warehouses. The rest of the building is all residences. It is not known how many people live there.

Xinhua reporters said the scene had been cordoned off. Dozens of fire engines and medical workers are on the scene.

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