A fire at a martial arts school in Zhecheng County, Shangqiu City, Henan Province, killed 18 people and injured 16 others, the youngest of whom was 7 years old. Nearby residents said that the owner of the martial arts school, who lives on the first floor, locks the second floor at night to prevent boarding schoolchildren from entering and leaving at will, but the move hinders escape. This is the latest major public security incident on the eve of the Communist Party’s centennial celebration, the local county party secretary and county governor is rumored to have been removed from office today. The fire accident shocked the nation by burning many martial arts children to death, but the network banned the listing of hot searches and sparked criticism.
According to the Central News Agency reported today that 18 students were killed in a fire at a martial arts school in Henan Province, and after the accident, the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and the provincial government set up an accident investigation team. According to China’s official CCTV news network today, Zhecheng County Party Secretary, County Mayor and Yuanxiang Town Party Secretary and Mayor have now been removed from office, the martial arts school operator Chen Lin and other three suspects involved in the incident by the public security organs to take criminal compulsory measures. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
According to Hong Kong Sing Tao Daily, this caused 18 deaths, 4 serious injuries, 12 minor injuries in the fire, the youngest victims were only 7 years old, these children aged 7 to 16 years old are boarding martial arts students.
Nearby residents said the owner of the martial arts school, who lives on the first floor, locks the second floor at night to prevent boarding students from entering or leaving at will, but this impedes escape, “I heard children’s cries when the fire broke out. Some children jumped down from the second floor, and most of those who were able to escape jumped directly from the upper floors.”
According to the Central News Agency, on the eve of the Communist Party’s July 1 party celebration, authorities called for a comprehensive investigation of safety hazards and maintenance of social stability to “create a good atmosphere for the party’s centennial,” but there was a spate of major public security incidents, including a natural gas explosion at a market in Shiyan, Hubei province, on July 13 that killed 25 people and left 138 people with minor injuries.