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33 People killed in Xinyu Fire Incident

In a recent incident reported by China National Radio, a fire erupted in Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province, leading to significant disruptions and emergency response efforts.

Incident Overview:
On January 24, at around 10:30 PM, a fire broke out in the commercial area of Xinyu City. Major roads near the incident site were immediately closed, with traffic control measures in place. Emergency personnel, including firefighters, police, and medical teams, swiftly responded to the scene.

On-site Situation:
Upon arrival, reporters observed that the affected commercial building, consisting of two floors, had suffered extensive damage on the second floor. Various establishments, including gaming centers, internet cafes, hotels, and training institutions, bore the brunt of the incident.

The external walls of the second floor were visibly blackened by smoke. Emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars, crowded the square in front of the commercial street.

Evacuation Efforts:
Prompt evacuation measures were implemented, with early reports indicating successful evacuation from the first floor, which housed a net bar and supermarket.

Thick smoke billowed from the affected areas, prompting authorities to guide people away from the danger zone. Videos captured residents using ladders and mattresses to assist those stranded on the second floor in their escape.

Impact on Nearby Residential Areas:
Adjacent residential buildings, particularly the five-story structure above the commercial area, showed no signs of smoke damage. Locals mentioned that the incident occurred in the Jiayue Yuan community, comprising six buildings, with the commercial establishments situated on the first and second floors of buildings four, five, and six.

Proximity to Educational Institutions:
Notably, the incident site is in close proximity to Jiangxi Engineering University’s Tian Gong campus. However, as the university is currently on vacation, the impact on students is expected to be minimal.

Current Status:
The situation remains under investigation as emergency teams continue their efforts at the scene. Authorities are working to assess the extent of the damage and determine the cause of the fire.

This incident has caused disruptions in the affected area, with the community and emergency services working collaboratively to manage the aftermath.

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