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6 Apr, 2021 15:31

4 reported killed as fire sweeps through Chinese shopping mall, sending column of smoke towering above city (VIDEO)

4 reported killed as fire sweeps through Chinese shopping mall, sending column of smoke towering above city (VIDEO)

Four people have reportedly died and two were injured after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in the city of Chizhou, Anhui, sending black smoke billowing up from the commercial complex in the city center.

On Tuesday, the Chizhou Fire Rescue Detachment dispatched 12 vehicles to the scene of a blaze which was reported around 9am local time at the Tongluowan Commercial Plaza at Dongjiekou. The emergency services succeeded in extinguishing the flames, which reportedly first broke out on the top floor of the complex, and recovered six people who were trapped.

All six were sent to the city’s hospital for treatment, two of whom were later discharged, local media reported.

Footage shared online via Chinese social media showed smoke billowing up from the building, growing in intensity before the emergency services arrived at the scene. Police and other emergency service personnel were also filmed outside the building. 

The Chizhou Fire Rescue Detachment said that an investigation into how the fire started was underway, and called on citizens not to believe in – or spread – rumors, but instead wait for an official update on the cause.

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