Fire at China club leaves 43 dead
UPDATE: 12:38PM EST
Many people were hurt in a stampede to get out of the club away from the fire.
Many partygoers were hurt in a stampede to escape down “a narrow aisle,” a club staff member was quoted by the agency as saying.
“I saw people rushing out ... and all the lights were off,” it quoted Yang Zhi as saying. Xinhua said Mr. Yang suffered burns to his neck.
UPDATE: 11:17PM EST
88 people have now been reported to be injured.
The fire, which broke out late Saturday, also injured at least 88 people, said the official with the Shenzhen Work Safety Bureau. Like many Chinese officials, the man refused to give his name.
Shenzhen is just over the border with Hong Kong in Guangdong province.
The official Xinhua News Agency did not give a cause for the fire, which has been put out. It said senior government officials had ordered an investigation.
Fires and accidents in bars, theatres and other public places are common in China despite government pledges to improve safety. Many are caused by negligence and lax safety procedures, such as a lack of fire extinguishers and emergency exits.
At least 43 people are dead after a fire at a nightclub in the city of Shenzhen in southern China. 51 are reported to be injured.
The fire broke out at 2300 (1500GMT) on Saturday, Xinhua news agency said.
The nightclub is located in the Long Gang district of the city, which is near the border with Hong Kong, media there said.
The causes of the fire remain unclear, but an investigation has now been launched.