Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
Forty-four people are confirmed dead, including 12 firefighters, after a series of explosions at a
hazardous goods warehouse in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, while 521 people had been hospitalized, of which 52 were seriously injured.
There are fears that members of nine central firefighting detachments and three fire brigades stationed locally deployed to the area may have also lost their lives in the explosions, according to a public security source cited by Shanghai-based JMedia.
A central firefighting detachment is usually composed of 20-30 people, while locally stationed fire brigades comprise no fewer than 15 people. This suggests that between 200 and 300 firefighters may have lost their lives in the series of explosions and the subsequent inferno.
At 10:50 pm on the evening of Aug. 12, the Tianjin firefighting headquarters were alerted about the fire at the Ruihai hazardous goods warehouse. Nine central detachments with 35 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene, along with three locally stationed full-time firefighting teams, arriving at the scene of the fire at 23:06 pm before the first explosion occurred at 23:30 pm. One firefighter said at least 19 firefighters had entered the burning building before the explosion. [FULL STORY]