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29 killed in fire as Shanghai records 2,550 blazes this year

A total of 29 people have died in fires this year and the city has recorded 2,551 blazes since New Year, the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau said today.

More than 50 percent of the fires happened in residential buildings which will be the main target for the bureau's fire prevention checks. The city will also upgrade its firefighting equipment and facilities.

According to the bureau, misuse of gas and electric appliances accounted for about half of all the fire causes.

In the wake of last November's deadly high-rise inferno which claimed 58 lives and gutted the building on Jiaozhou Road, Shanghai authorities launched citywide fire safety checks in construction sites, shopping centers and other workplaces. They shut down 378 businesses and detained 622 people for violating fire control regulations.

The bureau said each Shanghai household will receive a brochure on firefighting and escape skills by the end of June and all the residents will be organized to participate in fire drills this year.


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