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Collapse of Xinjia Express Hotel
Part of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
Collapse of Xinjia Express Hotel is located in Fujian
Collapse of Xinjia Express Hotel
Location of the hotel in Fujian
Date7 March 2020; 26 days ago (2020-03-07)
Time19:15 (CST, UTC+8)
Location1688 Nanhuan Road, Licheng District, Quanzhou, Fujian
Coordinates24°54′58.31″N 118°29′59.15″E / 24.9161972°N 118.4997639°E / 24.9161972; 118.4997639Coordinates: 24°54′58.31″N 118°29′59.15″E / 24.9161972°N 118.4997639°E / 24.9161972; 118.4997639
CauseUnder investigation
Deaths29[1][2]
Survivors47
Victims71

Xinjia Express Hotel (Chinese: 欣佳酒店; pinyin: Xīnjiā Jiǔdiàn[3]), a hotel being used for COVID-19 quarantine in Licheng District, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, collapsed on 7 March 2020.[4][5][6][7]

Background

The 6.5-story Xinjia Hotel began operating in June 2018 and had 80 rooms on the 4th-7th floors.[8] During the COVID-19 outbreak, this hotel was used for COVID-19 quarantine.[4][9]

Collapse

At 19:15 on 7 March 2020, the Xinjia Hotel suddenly collapsed. A witness said that he had heard a big bang from the external tempered glass of the hotel. He then witnessed the whole building collapsing within a few seconds. An employee of the hotel stated construction work had been done to the structure's foundation.[8]

Rescue

About 70 people were trapped in the collapsed hotel.[4][8] After the collapse, Fujian Fire Brigade sent 26 fire engines and 147 firefighters to rescue the victims. 32 victims had been rescued by 21:50 that day. At 22:14, Putian Fire Brigade arrived at the hotel.[10] At least 47 victims had been rescued by 8 March 2020.[11] On 12 March 2020, all the 71 victims, including 29 dead bodies, were rescued.[1][2]

Investigation

The police started an investigation concerning Mr. Yang, the proprietor of the hotel.[12]

On 10 March 2020, Shang Yong, the vice-minister of the Ministry of Emergency Management of People's Republic of China, stated that this incident was relevant to the responsibility for safety in production, and he also stated that the incident would be investigated entirely and legal responsibilities would be pursued.[13]

On 12 March 2020, the State Council of the People's Republic of China announced establishing a team to investigate the collapse, and appointed Fu Jianhua as the team leader.[14][15]

References

  1. ^ a b Steven Jiang (12 March 2020). "China quarantine hotel collapse left 29 people dead". CNN. Beijing. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Last victim pulled from China's collapsed coronavirus quarantine hotel; death toll hits 29". The Straits Times. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  3. ^ 应急部与住建部联合工作组抵达泉州欣佳酒店坍塌事故现场 (in Chinese). Beijing: Ministry of Emergency Management. 8 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Coronavirus: Dozens trapped as China quarantine hotel collapses". BBC News. 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  5. ^ "'Coronavirus quarantine hotel' collapses in southeast China". South China Morning Post. 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus quarantine hotel in China collapses, trapping dozens". The Guardian. 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses in China, trapping 70 people". CNN. 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "泉州倒塌酒店70人被困 目击者称几秒钟整栋楼塌了". 新浪新闻中心 (in Chinese). 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  9. ^ "泉州倒塌酒店系新冠肺炎隔离点 被困人员约70人". 新京报 (in Chinese). 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  10. ^ "福建泉州欣佳酒店发生坍塌事故 已救出32人". 人民网 (in Chinese). 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Coronavirus: Hotel used for quarantine collapses in China killing four". Pirate FM. 7 March 2020. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  12. ^ "福建泉州一酒店坍塌 事故房主已被警方控制". 人民网 (in Chinese). 新华社. 8 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  13. ^ 许雯 (11 March 2020). "泉州酒店倒塌事故将展开全面调查". 新京报 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  14. ^ 魏玉坤 (12 March 2020). "国务院成立福建省泉州市欣佳酒店"3·7"坍塌事故调查组". 新华网 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Team set up to investigate hotel collapse". Ecns.cn. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
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