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17 killed in Beijing building fire: state media

At least 17 people were killed and 24 injured in a building fire in Beijing on Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, quoting local police.

The blaze broke out early in the morning in a four-story building in the Daxing district in the capital's southern suburbs, the agency reported, adding that the fire had been put out.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, it said.

Chinese authorities ordered safety standards to be revised after a fire in November engulfed a high-rise apartment building in Shanghai, leaving 58 people dead.

A preliminary investigation blamed the inferno on careless work by unlicensed welders who ignited nylon netting swathing the building, which was being renovated to improve energy efficiency.

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