Toll in south China fire rises to 44: state mediaThe death toll from a nightclub fire in southern China has risen to 44 with the death in hospital of a women injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
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The Xinhua News Agency (Simplified Chinese: 新华社; Traditional Chinese: said.
It also said in a report late Tuesday that the number of people arrested over the weekend fire in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , had risen to 15.
Previously, 13 were reported arrested, including the club's owner and a local official.
The latest victim was a 37-year-old woman, Xinhua said, adding that another 51 people remained hospitalised, including four in critical condition.
State media had said previously that 88 people were injured in Saturday night's fire at the Dance King club.
The blaze was sparked by a performer who shot off fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to during a show at the unlicensed club, witnesses and state media have said, triggering a stampede stam·pede
1. A sudden frenzied rush of panic-stricken animals.
2. A sudden headlong rush or flight of a crowd of people.
3. through inadequate exits by hundreds of people which added to the toll.
Deadly fires are common in China due to the routine flouting or ignorance of safety measures safety measures,
n.pl actions (e.g., use of glasses, face masks) taken to protect patients and office personnel from such known hazards as particles and aerosols from high-speed rotary instruments, mercury vapor, radiation exposure, anesthetic and .
The government said earlier this year that 159,000 fires broke out in China in 2007, killing 1,418 people and injuring 863 others.
However, the toll could actually be higher as local officials are notorious for covering up deadly accidents to avoid punishment.
In 2000, 311 people died in a disco fire in the central city of Luoyang.