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.
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.