At least 25 people died and dozens more were hospitalized after a fire broke out in a high-rise office building in northern China’s Shaanxi Province. A previous report said 11 dead.

The fire broke out at around 06:50 (local time; 00:50 Greek time) in a high-rise building of the Yongju Coal Production Company in Luliang City, Shanxi Province, according to state media.

A search and rescue operation “is still ongoing” and the cause of the fire “is under investigation”, they clarified.

Industrial accidents are frequent in China, both because of laxity regarding the enforcement of safety rules, as well as their often flawed application.

In July, eleven lives were lost when the roof of a school gymnasium collapsed in the northeastern part of the country.

Just last month, an explosion at a restaurant in northwestern China killed 31 people and prompted authorities to launch a national awareness and information campaign to promote workplace safety.

In April, a fire at a hospital in Beijing cost the lives of 29 people and forced desperate people inside to jump out of windows to save themselves.