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11 die in hotel fire

2013-04-14 12:59

Beijing - Eleven people have been killed and 50 others injured in a fire in central China that spread to a hotel.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the fire broke out just after 06:30 on Sunday in Xiangyang city in Hubei province and wasn't extinguished until almost 09:00.

Two Xiangyang firefighters said the fire started in an internet cafe on the floor below the hotel in a five-storey building. They refused to be identified, as is common with Chinese officials.

One of the firefighters said the internet cafe was on the second floor and the hotel on the three floors above.

He said the fire's cause was under investigation.

The firefighters and Xinhua both said 11 people died and 50 were injured. Xinhua said some of the injuries were serious.