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Apartment fire kills nine in China
Jan. 6
BEIJING, Jan. 6 (UPI) — A fire in an apartment building Wednesday in Wenzhou city in China’s eastern Zhejiang province killed at least nine people, authorities said.

Two people who were injured in the blaze were reported in stable condition at a local hospital, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The fire in the four-story building rented mostly by migrant workers started late at night and it took about 50 firefighters more than an hour to put it out.

A firefighter said the dead included one woman and eight men. Fire officials were investigating the cause of the fire.

China coal mine fire kills at least 25

Jan. 6
BEIJING, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Chinese authorities Wednesday confirmed the deaths of 25 of the 30 miners trapped in a coal mine fire in central Hunan province.

The fire was reported Tuesday at the Lisheng Coal mine in Tanjiashan Town, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The report said 73 workers were in the mine when underground cable caught fire Tuesday afternoon but 43 of them had managed to escape. It was earlier reported 27 miners had been trapped

Rescue efforts to locate the other five trapped miners were conducted in heavy rains, the report said. The fire was put out Tuesday and the ventilation system restored.

The corporate representative and the owner of the colliery were under police custody, Xinhua said.

China has been plagued by mine accidents despite efforts to improve safety standards. In one of the worst disasters, a mine explosion in northeast Heilongjiang province in November killed at least 107 miners.

Explosion in firecracker factory kills 9

By Yuan Yue (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-01-04 12:50
At least 9 people have died and 8 injured following an explosion in Northwest China’s biggest firecracker production base.

Seven workshops of the Xinping Firecrackers Company of Pucheng County in Shaanxi province, about 120km northeast of Xi’an, were reduced to ashes after the accident on January 2.

Many of the dead were villagers working in the factory, most of them women.

The local hospital is battling to save the lives of the injured, four of whom have already been transferred to Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province.

The owner of the factory, Qu Pingxin, surrendered himself to the police. His four partners are still at large.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

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