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A fire in a Chinese poultry processing plant has killed at least 112 and injured 54, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

The cause of the fire is not immediately known. About 300 workers were inside the plant when the blaze started, and 100 of them were able to escape. There are reports that the gates to the plant were locked, preventing others from getting out.

“The complicated interior structure of the prefabricated house in which the fire broke out and the narrow exits have added difficulties to the rescue work, sources with rescue forces said,” the Xinhua report said.

One worker describes the fire:

“Suddenly, the lights inside went out and the plant got quite dark,” a worker named Wang Fengya told the news agency.

“When I finally ran out and looked back at the plant, I saw high flames.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with China.

SOURCE: CNN