Death toll in Shanghai apartment block fire rises to 58

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The death toll in Monday's apartment block fire in Shanghai has risen to 58, Chinese media said on Friday.

The death toll in Monday's apartment block fire in Shanghai has risen to 58, Chinese media said on Friday.

A total of 36 women and 22 men are listed as victims. The bodies are now being identified.

The 28-story building in Jing'an District was under reconstruction when it caught fire at about 2:00 pm local time (18:00 GMT). According to the official version, it was caused by a welding spark that set fire to nylon net and scaffolding.

Eight people were detained in connection with the deadly blaze.

 

BEIJING, November 19 (RIA Novosti)

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