China, Under Fire

By: Margarita Williams

China is cracking down on the lack of caution pertaining to fire safety measures.  After 53 people were killed in a high-rise fire, the country is taking steps to prevent future fires.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, issued an order late Tuesday calling for a change in the lax observation and enforcement of fire-safety measures to “resolutely prevent and curb the occurrence of major fires”.

This comes just two days after one of the oldest buildings at Tsinghua University in Beijing burned to the ground and a  month after a fire in a commercial building killed 19 people in Jilin.  All fires  were allegedly caused by using bad materials and unlicensed workers.

Authorities ordered all news oulets to downplay coverage of the fires, especially those that pointed he finger at the government.

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