PortandTerminal.com, March 10, 2020
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QUANZHOU, CHINA – Last Saturday ten people died when a hotel being used as a coronavirus quarantine in southeastern China collapsed, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Eighty people were inside the building when it came down. Nine escaped, while 71 people were trapped. Of those, 48 have been pulled from the rubble and 23 remained unaccounted for.
At the time of the collapse, 58 people were under quarantine in the hotel and all had tested negative for novel coronavirus. There were also 16 hotel staff and six car dealership employees on site.
The building’s owner is in police custody, according to state news agency Xinhua. Chinese officials said the building had been illegally rebuilt several times.
The hotel was a seven-story steel structure, built in 2013 and converted to a hotel in 2018, according to Xinhua. The owner began renovating the first floor in January.
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