TRAPPED: A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapped workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse, killing at least 119. Survivors said it was difficult for workers to escape because only one door to the plant was open while other exits were locked and the fire spread quickly.
EXPLOSIONS: The fire appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions that the provincial fire department attributed to an ammonia leak.
LAX STANDARDS: Accidents and chemical spills are common at China's factories, often blamed on lax enforcement of safety rules and poor worker training. The government has tightened checks on factories and mines, and deaths from workplace accidents fell nearly 5 percent last year.
- Society & Culture
- Disasters & Accidents