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Bus Fire Kills 42 People in Southeastern China, Xinhua Says

A bus burst into flames on an elevated lane in southeastern China’s Fujian province yesterday, killing at least 42 people and injuring at least 33, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing authorities.

The bus caught fire in Xiamen at about 6:30 p.m. local time when it was 500 meters away from the the Jinshan bus stop, Xinhua said, citing an unidentified city official. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the news service reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang give “instructions” on handling the fire, Xinhua reported. The government has sent a work team lead by Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun to the scene, the news agency said.

On June 3, a fire at a poultry plant in the northeastern province of Jilin killed 120 people. The nation’s deadliest blaze in 13 years prompted Chinese President Xi Jinping to order an investigation.

The Fujian Daily gave the death toll for the Xiamen fire at 48, without citing anyone.

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