A fire in a dormitory at a downtown school China killed 13 students and injured another, prompting authorities to call for fire risks in crowded places to be controlled, state media reported Saturday.
Friday night’s fire killed third-year students in a boys’ dormitory at the Yingcai school in Henan province, according to China Newsweek, a weekly magazine published by China News Service. In China, third-year students are usually 9 years old.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in a village in the city of Nanyang, and the school principal was taken into custody, state media reported.
The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management issued a call to avoid “hidden fire risks in densely populated places,” and a task team was sent to guide rescue and follow-up efforts, Xinhua reported.
Yingcai is a private boarding school with a kindergarten and primary school, said The Paper, a Shanghai government-backed news outlet. The school gives students a break every two weeks, but this was not a break weekend, she said, citing local residents.
Many of Yingcai’s students come from rural areas, according to The Paper.