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Two dead as blaze sweeps through China office tower

Published on Dec 23, 2012 6:25 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - Two people were killed and 20 injured when a fire swept through a 14-storey office tower in north-west China on Saturday, state media reported.

Flames tore through the World Trade Building in downtown Yan'an in Shaanxi province for some 10 hours, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Seventeen of the injured, aged seven to 51, were guests of a hotel occupying the upper floors of the building, while the other three were staff members, Xinhua said.

They had suffered burns and carbon monoxide poisoning and all were in a stable condition after receiving treatment.

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