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10 dead, 35 injured in a hotel fire in NE China

2011-05-01 06:22:42 GMT2011-05-01 14:22:42(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on May 1, 2011 shows the hotel after fire in Tonghua City, northeast China's Jilin Province. A fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the NO. 1 store of Home Inns in Dongchang District of Tonghua City, causing ten people dead and 35 others injured. The fire was put out about half an hour later and the 35 injured have been sent to hospital. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on May 1, 2011 shows the hotel after fire in Tonghua City, northeast China's Jilin Province. A fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the NO. 1 store of Home Inns in Dongchang District of Tonghua City, causing ten people dead and 35 others injured. The fire was put out about half an hour later and the 35 injured have been sent to hospital. (Xinhua)

CHANGCHUN, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Ten people have been confirmed dead and 35 injured in a hotel fire in northeast China's Jilin Province early Sunday morning, local authorities said.

The fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. at the NO. 1 store of Home Inns, the country's largest budget hotel operator, in Dongchang District of Tonghua City in Jilin Province, the city's publicity department said a statement. It was put out about half an hour later.

Initial investigation found the fire started at the stair hall, which then sent heavy smokes up the floors. The ten were choked to death.

The 35 injured have been sent to hospital for emergency treatment. Of them, three are critically injured, though the injuries are not life-threatening.

Fire fighters found no further deaths or injuries after combing the scene five times.

Further investigation is underway.

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