18 killed, 2 injured in massage parlor fire

2017-02-05 15:59:46 GMT2017-02-05 23:59:46(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Smoke rose from the massage parlor. Smoke rose from the massage parlor.
Smoke rose from the massage parlor. Smoke rose from the massage parlor.
A firefighter shot water at the fire. A firefighter shot water at the fire.
Smoke rose from the massage parlor. Smoke rose from the massage parlor.
People inside the parlor jumped out of window. People inside the parlor jumped out of window.
An injured person was sent to hospital. An injured person was sent to hospital.

HANGZHOU, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people have been killed and another two injured after a foot massage parlor caught fire in east China, local authorities said Sunday.

The fire broke out at around 5:26 p.m. Sunday in the Zuxintang Foot Massage Parlor in Tiantai County, Zhejiang Province, according to the county's publicity department. The fire was extinguished at about 7:05 p.m..

Eight people were found dead in the fire, while another 10 died in hospital after medical efforts failed, according to the department.

Pictures on microblog Sina Weibo show a building engulfed by heavy smoke and people jumping out of windows, while firefighters were trying to tame the blaze.

An investigation into the accident is under way.

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