Fire at carrot packaging factory in China's Shandong kills at least 18: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A fire at a carrot packaging factory in eastern China has killed at least 18 people, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety.

The fire at the plant in Shandong province broke out on Sunday evening and was brought under control a few hours later, the report said, adding that 13 people were being treated in hospital.

The company's managers have been detained by police, Xinhua said, without providing further details.

China, the world's second-largest economy, has a history of workplace disasters. Workers are often poorly trained or ill-equipped to protect themselves from industrial accidents.

A fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in the northeast province of Jilin in June 2013 killed 120 people. The blaze was blamed on poor management, lack of government oversight and locked or blocked exits.

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