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Fire at shopping mall in China claims 4 lives, 35 injured

Fire at shopping mall in China claims 4 lives, 35 injured

<p>Four persons have been killed and 35 others injured after a fire triggered by a natural gas explosion broke out in southwest China. The fire broke out on Thursday in a shopping mall in Luzhou City in Sichuan Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.</p>

Four persons have been killed and 35 others injured after a fire triggered by a natural gas explosion broke out in southwest China. The fire broke out on Thursday in a shopping mall in Luzhou City in Sichuan Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

The explosion occurred around 10:40 pm local time at the Mo'erma shopping mall and flames soon spread to the ground and second floors, sources with the municipal government said. Search and rescue operations are still underway.

first published:December 27, 2013, 16:09 IST