Warehouse fire collapse in northeast China traps firemen, 3 dead

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Warehouse collapse traps firemen in northeast China

HARBIN — Three firefighters are dead and another 14 are injured in a warehouse collapse in Harbin city of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, according to local authorities.

Warehouse fire collapse in northeast China traps firemen, 3 dead

Three firefighters are dead and another 14 are injured in a warehouse collapse in Harbin city of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, according to local authorities.

At least one firefighter remains buried at the collapse site, said Song Xibin, the city mayor. Song said that local rescue forces are continuing rescue efforts.

The firemen were buried when they were trying to put out the fire, which burnt down the third floor of a market warehouse at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market at about 10 p.m.on Friday, burying firemen on the second floor, according to a Xinhua reporter at the scene.

The injured firemen were rushed to hospital. Three of them were in critical condition.

The warehouse is part of a 11-storeyed residential building. The first to third floor are used as warehouses and the rest eight floors are residential areas. The warehouse, located in Daowai district, covered more than 1,000 square meters and was at the bottom of a residential building, which was evacuated, the Xinhua report said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Report complied with information from Xinhua, CCTV News and South China Morning News.