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China investigates malpractice behind four deadly accidents

Updated: Jan 7,2015 1:59 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s top prosecuting body is investigating multiple cases of alleged malpractice, which occurred over the past ten days, including a warehouse blaze in northeast China that killed five firemen.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) vowed to bring those responsible to task in a statement released on Jan 7.

The incidents include the collapse of scaffolding at a construction site at Tsinghua High School in Beijing, which left ten dead and four injured on Dec 29, and a factory blast in Foshan, in south China’s Guangdong province, which killed 18 and injured over 30 on Dec 31.

There was also a warehouse blaze in Harbin in northeast China on Jan 2 that killed five firemen and injured 14, and a fire in southwest China’s Yunnan province on Jan 3, which destroyed Gongchen Tower, an ancient city gate tower that dates back more than 600 years.

The SPP has sent staff from its major liability accident investigation office to the related provinces to support the local prosecutors.