Fitness club collapse kills 3 in China's Heilongjiang province

By AFP   November 6, 2023 | 05:11 pm PT
Fitness club collapse kills 3 in China's Heilongjiang province
People exercise at a fitness club in Beijing, China, 2020. Photo by Reuters
Three people were killed and one injured after a structural collapse at a fitness club in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, county government officials said on Tuesday.

Officials said seven people were in the Yuecheng fitness gymnasium in Huanan county, in the eastern part of the province, when it collapsed on Monday. Initial reports said children were at the venue when it collapsed, and rescue operations have ended.

State media said the collapse in Jiamusi city occurred at 7:20 p.m. (1120 GMT). Initial reports said three people were trapped inside.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, officials said, and the person in charge of the gym, managed by New Sunshine Fitness Club, has been detained by the police.

It was not immediately known what caused the collapse, but the country's northernmost province was slammed by harsh cold and blizzard weather throughout Monday that wreaked havoc on public transportation and closed schools.

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