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Harbin mourns dead firefighters from warehouse blaze

Updated : 2015-01-09

By Pan Qi ( chinadaily.com.cn )

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Fire trucks head to a memorial ceremony for firefighters that lost their lives trying to put out a warehouse blaze at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Daowai district, Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Jan 8, 2015. [Photo by Xiao Jingbiao/Asianewsphoto]

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A memorial ceremony is held for Zhao Zilong, Fu Renchao, Zhang Xiaokai, Hou Baosen and Yang Xiaowei, firefighters who lost their lives trying to put out a warehouse blaze at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Daowai district, Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Jan 8, 2015. [Photo by Xiao Jingbiao/Asianewsphoto]

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Residents pay tribute to firefighters who lost their lives trying to put out a warehouse blaze at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Daowai district, Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Jan 4, 2015. [Photo by Shi Dongxu/Asianewsphoto]

People in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, paid tribute to five firefighters killed while trying to put out a warehouse blaze in the city on Jan 2.

The fire, which broke out at a market warehouse at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market at 1:14 pm and caused the building to collapse at around 10:00 pm, took the lives of five young firefighters: Zhao Zilong, Fu Renchao, Zhang Xiaokai, Hou Baosen and Yang Xiaowei. The blaze injured 13 other firefighters and a security guard.

The deceased firemen were buried by debris while trying to put out the fire, which burnt down the third floor of the market warehouse at 9:37 pm on Jan 2, burying firemen on the second floor.

The warehouse was part of an 11-story residential building. The first to third floors were used as warehouses, and the other eight floors were residential. Residents of the building and nearby were safely evacuated.

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Firefighters fight a fire at a warehouse in Harbin, which collapsed at around 10:00 pm on Jan 2, 2015. [Photo by Xiao Jingbiao/Asianewsphoto]

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Colleagues weep for firefighters who lost their lives trying to put out a warehouse blaze at the Beifangnanxun ceramics market in Daowai district, Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Jan 3, 2015. [Photo by Xiao Jingbiao/Asianewsphoto]

 

Harbin mourns dead firefighters from warehouse blaze

People in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, paid tribute to five firefighters killed while trying to put out a warehouse blaze in the city on Jan 2.