December 4, 2022

CNN —

Dozens of people died in a fire at a factory in central China on Monday, according to Chinese state media, the latest in a string of deadly industrial accidents that have ravaged the country in recent years.

State-run newspaper Henan Daily reported on Tuesday that two people who had previously been reported missing were found dead after the fire at the factory in Anyang, Henan province, bringing the death toll to 38.

Two others were treated for minor injuries, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday.

Police have arrested an unspecified number of suspects in connection with the blaze, which took nearly seven hours to put out, according to CCTV.

According to preliminary findings, the fire was caused by violations of electric welding protocols, Henan Daily reported, citing authorities.

China has seen a spate of industrial accidents in recent years that have killed dozens of people, raising public safety concerns.

In 2015, at least 173 people died in a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Last October, at least three people were killed and more than 30 injured in a massive explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion occurred in a mixed-use residential and commercial building.

And in June this year, at least one person was killed when a fire broke out at a petrochemical complex in Shanghai.