11 dead after massive fire rips through a Chinese meat processing plant

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead after a fire tore through a large pork factory in central China today, according to Chinese state media.

The authority of Shangqiu in Henan province said the blaze broke out at around 11:10am local time at the factory of Huahang Modern Animal Husbandry Group. 

The fire was under control as of 2:15pm local time, according to a statement issued by the press office of the Shangqiu People’s Government on social media.

A fire broke out at a livestock husbandry company in China's Shangqiu city today, killing 11

A fire broke out at a livestock husbandry company in China's Shangqiu city today, killing 11

A fire broke out at a livestock husbandry company in China’s Shangqiu city today, killing 11

The local government has formed a special investigation team to probe into the incident

The local government has formed a special investigation team to probe into the incident

The local government has formed a special investigation team to probe into the incident

The Shangqiu government said 11 people were working in the factory when the fire occurred. 

Footage and pictures from Chinese social media show huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky.  

Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the scene and took the workers to the hospital, the statement said. 

The fire occurred in the company's factory in Shangqiu, central China's Henan province

The fire occurred in the company's factory in Shangqiu, central China's Henan province

The fire occurred in the company’s factory in Shangqiu, central China’s Henan province

All of the 11 workers have died, reported state broadcaster China Central Television Station citing the country’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

A special investigation team has been set up by the government of Shangqiu to probe into the matter. 

Situated in the Shangqiu Economic Development Zone, Huahang Modern Animal Husbandry Group specialises in butchering pigs and producing meat products.

According to its website, the company has an asset of 120 million yuan (£13.8 million), employs more than 400 workers and slaughters one million pigs a year.    

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