Festival fires kill six in China

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 13:30 hrs

Beijing, Feb 15 (IANS) At least six people were killed in fires as people in China celebrated their traditional Lantern Festival, the ministry of public security said Saturday.

A total of 2,581 fires were reported in China Friday, the festival day, reported Xinhua.

The Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the half-month lunar new year celebrations, traditionally features outdoor celebrations by lighting and hanging lanterns and fireworks.

Nearly 33,500 firefighters were dispatched nationwide to spot fire risks, the ministry said.

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