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Thousands Mourn After Shanghai Building Blaze

Thousands have gathered outside the ruins of a block of flats in Shanghai to mourn the 58 people who died in a fire there last Monday

Tearful family members of the victims arrived at first light, laying flowers and wreaths in front of portraits of their loved ones.

By late morning residents estimated that at least 10,000 people had come to pay their respects.

“It’s not because she left this world that we say this, but she was so full of love and she loved her father and mother so much,” said Chen Huiyang, who lost her 38-year-old cousin, Wang Fang, in the blaze.

Anguished families are demanding answers from the government.

Wang Yinxing, who lost his wife Wang Hao in the fire, said: “The rescue was not timely or helpful enough.

“I don’t believe anything the government says.”

China’s work safety chief has blamed the fire on illegal contracting, unsafe materials and poorly supervised, unqualified workers.

Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the blaze.

Project supervisors, building construction managers and property management are among those being held, state news agency Xinhua has reported.