House Fire in Southern Beijing Suburb Kills 19, Injures 8

A fire at a building advertising low-cost rental apartments in a southern Beijing suburb killed 19 people and injured 8 others Saturday, the official Chinese news agency said.

Xinhua News Agency said firefighters put out the fire at Xinjian Village in the district of Daxing by 9 p.m. local time, three hours after it was reported.

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Xinhua said the injured had been taken to a hospital for treatment. Photos released by Xinhua showed firefighters outside a two-story concrete building with a red signboard advertising units with attached bathrooms, hot water, kitchens, heating and other basic amenities.

Such units are commonly rented out at low cost to migrant workers seeking labor-intensive jobs in the city.

 The local fire department and district government have refused to give any comment.

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