Death toll from China blasts rises to at least 85

Another 29 bodies have been recovered in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, raising the death toll from Wednesday's massive explosions to at least 85, local authorities told the state-run Xinhua news agency on Saturday.

The previous death toll on Friday had stood at 56, including 21 firefighters, making it the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the People's Republic of China. No firefighters are among the 29 new deaths.

In addition to the fatalities, a total of 721 people were injured in the explosions, of whom 25 remain in a critical condition. Dozens of people are still believed to be missing.

Saturday's new death toll came a day after one of the missing firefighters was found alive. The 19-year-old firefighter was rescued from the site at 7:05 a.m. local time on Friday, more than 31 hours after the explosions devastated the city. The firefighter, who suffered facial burns and appears to be suffering from memory loss, was rushed to a nearby hospital.

"If I don't make it, take care of my dad," Xinhua quoted the firefighter as saying after being rescued.

It remains unclear what exactly caused the explosions, or what sort of chemicals were stored at the warehouses that exploded.

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