Jilin Baoyuanfeng poultry plant fire

On 3 June 2013, a fire at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng (吉林宝源丰) poultry processing plant in Mishazi (米沙子镇),[2] a town about 35 km (22 mi) from Changchun, in Jilin province, People's Republic of China, killed at least 120 people.[3][4] More than 60 others were hospitalised with injuries.[3]

Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Plant Fire
Date3 June 2013 (2013-06-03)
Time6:06 am CST (UTC+08:00)[1]
LocationMishazi (米沙子镇), Dehui, Jilin[2]
Coordinates44°08′10″N 125°29′17″E / 44.136°N 125.488°E / 44.136; 125.488Coordinates: 44°08′10″N 125°29′17″E / 44.136°N 125.488°E / 44.136; 125.488
CausePossibly an ammonia leak or an electrical fault[3]
Deaths112
Non-fatal injuriesMore than 54[3]

PlantEdit

 
 
 
Changchun
Location of the incident (green) in Jilin

The poultry slaughterhouse was established by Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. in 2009. It employed 1,200 people,[3] but only 350 workers were believed to be on site at the time of the fire.[5] Such plants typically have a coolant system that uses ammonia, a chemical believed to have caused the fire.[3]

In October 2010, the head of the local anticorruption body of the Communist Party, Zhao Wenbo, said the company's "progress into becoming a nationally known enterprise and the growth of its production inspiring". It was "top 100 agricultural processing companies", while the provincial capital of Changchun labeled it a "leading enterprise" in agricultural industrialization, a title that it also held in 2011.[6]

FireEdit

Just after dawn on 3 June 2013, three large explosions and an ensuing fire occurred at the plant. All but one door in the building were reportedly locked, which prevented workers from escaping the fire. At least 119 people were killed.[7] According to local government officials, approximately 270 doctors and nurses along with more than 500 firefighters attended the scene to treat the injured and put out the fire.[7] Roughly 100 workers escaped, around 60 of whom sustained minor injuries from the blaze.[3]

The fire was extinguished by early afternoon.[8] A suspected ammonia leak caused 3,000 residents living within a kilometre of the site to be evacuated.[8][9] Some early reports attributed the cause of the fire to this leak, but others suggested an electrical fault was to blame.[3] The fire is believed to be the worst nationwide since the 2000 Luoyang Christmas fire in Luoyang, Henan.[3]

ReactionsEdit

CPC General Secretary, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang "ordered every effort to go into the rescue operation" and stated that the "investigation into the cause of the accident would be vigorous".[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kitchen, Michael (3 June 2013). "China chicken-plant fire kills at least 61: report". MarketWatch. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Buckley, Chris (3 June 2013). "More Than 100 Die in Fire at Chinese Poultry Plant". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dehui poultry plant fire: Locked exits 'blocked escape'". BBC News. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "China poultry plant fire kills scores". The Guardian. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ "China poultry plant fire kills at least 119". CBC News. Associated Press. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ Wong, Edward. "Poultry Plant in Deadly Fire Won Plaudits From Chinese". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b Coonan, Clifford (3 June 2013). "Fire in poultry slaughterhouse kills 119 in China's deadliest blaze for more than a decade". The Independent. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Scores killed in China poultry farm blaze". Al Jazeera. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ Blanchard, Ben (3 June 2013). "Blaze at locked Chinese poultry slaughterhouse kills 119: state media". Reuters. Retrieved 3 June 2013.