17 Dead, 3 Injured In China Restaurant Fire

China restaurant owner detained, those injured rushed to hospital

A fire at a restaurant in northeastern China killed 17 people and injured three, according to local authorities.

The blaze broke out at 12:40 pm (0440 GMT) in an eatery in the city of Changchun, the local government said in a statement posted on the Weibo social media platform.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and completed search and rescue work by 3pm, the statement said.

“The injured have been sent to hospital for treatment while posthumous care for the victims is being carried out,” it added.

Meanwhile, according to South China Morning Post, a video circulating on Weibo shows heavy smoke coming from the restaurant, which faces a street in the city in Jilin province.

Authorities said the owner of the restaurant is in custody.

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