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Fire at hot springs hotel in Chinese city of Harbin kills 18

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A fire early on Saturday morning at a hot springs hotel in the far northeastern Chinese city of Harbin killed 18 people, with 19 injured, authorities in the city said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, the Harbin propaganda department of China's ruling Communist Party said on its Twitter-like Weibo account.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the fire in the four-story building began at 4:36 a.m., burning an area of about 400 square meters before being extinguished after about three hours.

Footage aired by the state broadcaster showed rescue workers inside the burned-out building.

China has a patchy record for building safety regulations.

Beijing's municipal government launched a 40-day "special operation" targeting fire code and building safety violations after an apartment fire in the Chinese capital in November killed 19 people.

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Bit ironic fire in a place full of water RIP

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the Harbin propaganda department of China's ruling Communist Party

Interesting description. It may be accurate, but I suspect it's not the name they give themselves.

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Think of it this way. You have a country with well over 1.7billion people. As sick as it sounds, I believe that the CCP doesn't mind cutting back their population using any means necessary. See how many accidents happen based off of neglected safety measures. If it's an "accident" or "natural disaster" the government can't be blamed... much.

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Are their building codes not sufficient for fire safety or is their so much corruption that they don't matter?

Will anyone lose their construction company and go to jail over this?

40 days isn't enough to check thousands of buildings. It just isn't.

Building codes for fire safety are always a moving target, but this knowledge is widely shared worldwide. Too bad the Chinese govt hasn't hacked into Europe's or America's fire code safety regulations for a head start?

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