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Casualties reported in Taiwan chemical plant blast

01 February 2016

A worker was killed and another injured when a chemical plant exploded and caught fire in a suburb of Taichung in central Taiwan on February 1, according to Xinhua. The local fire department received a report of fire and explosion at the pesticide plant owned by Sinon Corporation at 5:50 am and sent 10 fire trucks and two ambulances to the scene.

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The fire was extinguished five hours later. The injured man suffered burns to about 20% of his body and was taken to hospital.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but the fire department found chemicals including methanol, xylene and butanol at the scene.

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