Reports: Fire kills 43 at poultry farm in China

BEIJING (AP) — A large fire broke out early Monday at a poultry farm in northeastern China, charring the entire facility, trapping workers inside sheds and killing at least 43 people, reports said.

The fire in Jilin province's Mishazi township appeared to have been sparked by three early-morning explosions in the farm's electrical system, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Rescue workers found the bodies in sheds, and rescue efforts were continuing, Xinhua said. Photos from the scene posted on Chinese news websites showed thick smoke billowing from the cement and corrugated iron sheds.

The farm's owner, Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co., is a major producer of processed chicken and employs about 1,200 people.