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    BEIJING (AP) - The bodies of four more firefighters were found
    Tuesday in the wreckage of an eight-story building damaged by fire
    in southern China, state television said. Thirteen were missing.
    The death toll stood at six but was expected to rise following
    the disaster Monday in Hengyang, a city in Hunan province.
    A firefighter was rescued alive from the wreckage Tuesday
    morning, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
    The fire is believed to have started on the ground floor, which
    was rented out as a storage area and held electrical items and
    plastic, the news Web site Sina.com said. It said heavy smoke was
    billowing out of the ground floor during the fire.
    Part of the building collapsed while firefighters were trying to
    quell the flames.
    About 160 firefighters were involved in battling the flames,
    Sina.com said. Pictures on the site showed firefighters spraying
    water on piles of rubble, while others searched the area.
    One firefighter was in critical condition and 14 were still
    missing, China Central Television reported in its noon newscast. It
    said 400 residents were evacuated and the cause of the fire was
    still under investigation.
    An officer at the Hengyang public security bureau who would give
    only his family name, Xiong, said two more bodies were found
    Tuesday morning. He gave the death toll as four, with 16 missing.
    He refused to give additional details.

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    Unhappy Rest In Peace brothers!

    BEIJING (AP) - The bodies of 14 firefighters have been found in
    a building in southern China that collapsed while they tried to put
    out a fire, a government news agency reported Wednesday. It said
    six others were missing.
    The disaster Monday in Hengyang, a city in Hunan province,
    appeared to be one of the deadliest ever suffered by China's
    firefighters.
    Paramilitary troops and mine rescue crews were helping to search
    the ruins of the eight-story building, which caught fire before
    dawn Monday, the China News Service reported.
    As of 5 a.m. Wednesday (2100 GMT Tuesday), the rescuers had
    found 14 bodies, the report said.
    One firefighter was found alive in the wreckage Tuesday morning,
    a day after the building collapsed.
    The fire is believed to have started on the ground floor, which
    was rented out as a storage area and held electrical items and
    plastic, news reports said. They said more than 400 residents were
    evacuated.
    The chief executive of the Hengyang city government, Chen
    Xinping, confirmed the death toll but refused to give any other
    details.
    A spokeswoman for the Civil Affairs Ministry in Beijing said the
    ministry had no figures on comparable deadly accidents for Chinese
    firefighters. She wouldn't give her name.

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    omg, 14 fallen brothers. you know, we all grieve when we lose one brother, maybe even 5. We just lost 14 in a single fire. My prayers are with the familes of the departed
    If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

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    BEIJING (AP) - A memorial was held Sunday for 20 firefighters
    killed while battling a blaze in southern China - the worst
    accident involving firefighters in the last 50 years, the
    government said.
    Salvagers recovered the last body Thursday from the debris of a
    collapsed eight-story building in Hengyang, a city in Hunan
    province. Two firefighters were killed immediately and 19 were
    buried. One of those survived.
    About 20,000 people attended Sunday's ceremony, which was held
    in a city square in Hengyang and was hosted by the acting governor
    of Hunan, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Zhou Yongkang,
    minister of public security, also gave a speech.
    The noon newscast of China Central Television showed row upon
    row of people in the square, bundled up against the morning cold.
    Framed black-and-white photos of the dead firemen were displayed
    and a wreath sat under each portrait.
    Earlier in the week, the Ministry of Public Security honored the
    firefighters as martyrs for their "heroic deeds and duties,"
    Xinhua said.
    The ministry said it was the worst accident involving
    firefighters since the People's Republic of China was founded in
    1949. Sixteen others were injured.
    An investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing.
    Xinhua has quoted neighbors as saying the blaze was probably
    caused by two escaped criminals roasting red peppers on the first
    floor at about 4 a.m. Monday. A guard working that night has been
    detained for questioning.

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    BEIJING (AP) - Three men who constructed a building that
    collapsed and killed 20 firefighters last month in southern China
    during a fire have been arrested, the official Xinhua News Agency
    reported Monday.
    The government says the Nov. 3 disaster was the biggest loss of
    life suffered by China's firefighters in more than 50 years.
    Authorities say substandard building materials and construction
    may have worsened the damage in the blaze in Hengyang, a city in
    Hunan province. The eight-story building collapsed as firefighters
    were trying to extinguish the flames.
    Police arrested Li Wenge, the developer; Li Yongkai, general
    manager of the construction company, and Wei Dongheng, chief of the
    building project, Xinhua said. There was no indication whether Li
    Wenge and Li Yongkai were related.
    Li Wenge has been held since mid-November on suspicion of
    presenting one set of blueprints to construction officials but
    using another set for building, according to state media.
    The builders used too few steel reinforcing bars and those that
    were used were too narrow, Xinhua said. It said 20 tons (22 short
    tons) of bad cement was used during construction.
    Li lacked a construction permit and hired workers and architects
    that had not been approved by the city government, Xinhua said.
    Another Xinhua report, quoting the deputy chief of the
    investigation team, said some "government officials had violated
    the regulations." But it gave no details.
    Xinhua has quoted neighbors as saying the blaze was probably
    caused by two escaped criminals roasting red peppers on the first
    floor of the building.

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