BEIJING – A large fire broke out at a poultry farm and processing plant in northeastern China early today, charring much of the facility, trapping workers inside large concrete buildings and killing at least 55 people, reports and officials said.
The fire in Jilin province’s Mishazi township appeared to have been sparked by three early-morning explosions in the farm’s electrical system, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV quoted unidentified workers as saying the fire broke out during a change of shifts and may have originated in a locker room at a time when about 350 workers were at the site.
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