The official Xinhua
state media is reporting the fire was discovered around 8:30 p.m. local time at the Shanghai agricultural products central wholesale market. The market is Shanghai's largest wholesale market, open 24 hours a day.
Eight people were admitted to the Changhai Hospital for severe to moderate burns according to the South China Morning Post
One of the victims, a 57-year-old woman, reportedly suffered burns to an estimated 85 percent of her body. She also suffered severe smoke inhalation. A 9-year-old girl also sustained severe smoke inhalation, along with burns over 45 percent of her body.
The People's Daily
reports that fire officials are still searching the chard debris for additional casualties.
The cause of the fire has not been determined as of this time.