China: 25 dead, scores hospitalised in Shanxi building fire
A fire that tore through an office building in northern China has killed at least 25 people, state media reports.
The fire broke out at around 07:00 local time on Thursday in the four-storey building in Luliang City, Shanxi province.
Dozens were evacuated, with 51 people taken to hospital.
Rescue operations are ongoing even as the fire in under control, according to state media.
The building – Yongju Coal Industry Joint Building – is in a province that is the largest producer of coal.
Industrial accidents, which can result in fires, are common in China due to lax safety standards and poor enforcement.