Beijing: Eight villagers died when they were trying to put out a forest fire in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, local authorities said.
The forest fire broke out near Fodong Village, Xunyang County, Xinhua news quoted Xunyang county government as saying yesterday.
Eight out of nine villagers suffered serious injuries while they were trying to quench the blaze. They died despite doctors’ efforts.
All residents near the fire scene have been relocated to safe areas. Fire fighting efforts continued late Saturday night.
Due to the poor telecommunications services in the remote village, authorities are still checking the situation. The cause of the fire is unclear.