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Government vows punishment over central China fire

Updated: May 27,2015 7:15 AM     Xinhua

ZHENGZHOU — China’s top work safety watchdog dispatched a task force on May 26 to investigate a fire in central China’s Henan province and punish those responsible.

Sun Huashan, deputy director of the State Administration of Work Safety and head of the task force, pledged to discover the cause of the fire, which killed 38 people and injured another six at a rest home in the night of May 25.

“We will severely penalize authorities and individuals responsible for the fire and try to prevent similar disasters from happening again,” said Sun.

The official also promised timely disclosure of the progress of the investigation.

The Ministry of Public Security held an emergency video conference in the evening of May 26 to deploy safety work after the Henan fire.

“We must draw profound lessons from the fire, paid for with blood, and always place the safety of people’s lives and property on the top priority,” Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun told the conference.

Guo, also a State Councilor, urged the public security authorities to respond quickly and eliminate potential safety hazards in schools, kindergartens, rest homes, expressways, mountain roads and tunnels.

“Any problem or potential danger should by no means be neglected,” he said.