Fire at China nursing home kills 38

Update: May, 26/2015 - 11:39

BEIJING — A fire at a nursing home in central China has left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said today.

The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the state news agency Xinhua said.

Two of the injured were in critical condition in hospital, the work safety bureau of the central province of Henan said in a statement on its website.

Pictures posted online showed a thick column of black smoke rising from behind a petrol station near the facility.

Another displayed the blackened frame of a building, with a charred wheelchair in the foreground.

State broadcaster CCTV said around 130 people were in the care home when the blaze broke out in an area for paralysed residents.

It was put out an hour later, China News Service said.

Search and rescue operations were continuing, Xinhua said, and the cause of the fire remained unclear. — A