11 Detained Following Deadly Skyscraper Fire in Tianjin

By Justine Lopez, December 4, 2017

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Police have detained 11 suspects after a fire killed 10 and injured five others in a high rise in Tianjin on Friday. 

The blaze occurred on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building around 4am on December 1. 

READ MORE: Fire Kills 19 in Beijing Apartment Building

According to Xinhua, the fire is believed to be caused by “renovation materials." The victims were all male and were mostly migrant workers doing renovations on the building. An investigation is still underway. 

READ MORE: Mass Evictions of Migrants Sparks Public Outcry in Beijing

The blaze came less than two weeks after a deadly fire killed 19 in the Beijing suburb of Daxing. An investigation found that the fire had been caused by faulty electrical wiring in an “illegal” building. The incident was the catalyst for a 40-day campaign to demolish illegal buildings – which have led to controversial mass evictions of migrants – in the capital.

Whether or not the same move will be made in Tianjin remains to be seen. 

[Image via CGTN]

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