BEIJING - FIRE ripped through a shopping mall in north-east China, killing 17 people, state media said on Saturday, as police detained the general manager of the complex for questioning.

Twenty-eight others were injured in the massive blaze in the city of Jilin, which broke out on Friday morning, Xinhua news agency reported. One person was still missing.

The flames were extinguished by Friday afternoon, but thick smoke complicated the firefighters' task of searching for survivors and victims, the report said, citing local officials.

Authorities said they were still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Deadly fires are common in China due to lax observation and enforcement of fire safety measures.

17 dead in China mall fire