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Investigators say welding work caused a fire that killed 38 people at an industrial wholesaler in central China's Henan province. A district government in the city of Anyang said two other people were injured. More than 200 rescuers and firefighters responded to the fire that took four hours to extinguish Monday evening. The official Xinhua News Agency said sparks from welding ignited cotton fabric in the building but said the investigation was ongoing. China has a history of industrial accidents caused by lax regard to safety measures fueled by rising competition and abetted by corruption among officials. Online listings for the company, Kaixinda, said it wholesaled in a wide range of industrial goods including chemicals.

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In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, rescuers gather at the site of a fire at an industrial wholesaler in Anyang in central China's Henan province, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. A fire has killed several dozen people at a company dealing in chemicals and other industrial goods in central China's Henan province. (CCTV via AP)

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In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, rescuers use a ladder to climb into the remains of a fire at an industrial wholesaler in Anyang in central China's Henan province, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. A fire has killed several dozen people at a company dealing in chemicals and other industrial goods in central China's Henan province. (CCTV via AP)

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In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, rescuers spray water onto a fire at an industrial wholesaler in Anyang in central China's Henan province, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. A fire has killed several dozen people at a company dealing in chemicals and other industrial goods in central China's Henan province. (CCTV via AP)

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In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, rescuers use a bulldozer to knock over a wall at a fire at an industrial wholesaler in Anyang in central China's Henan province, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. A fire has killed several dozen people at a company dealing in chemicals and other industrial goods in central China's Henan province. (CCTV via AP)