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16 dead, one injured in China after coal mine fire

28 September 2020

A fire in a coal mine killed 16 people and injured one on September 27 in southwest China. The incident happened near the city of Chongqing at the Songzao coal mine, China’s state news agency Xinhua reports.

The 17 workers had been trapped in the mine after a conveyor belt caught fire, producing excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. The injured worker was taken to hospital in a serious condition.  

Around 75 rescue workers attended the scene and entered the mine to find the trapped workers.

The Qijiang district government said on social media website Weibo that an investigation into the incident has been opened. The Songzao coal mine is owned by state energy firm Chongqing Energy.

China has a poor history of industrial incidents and mining accidents are not uncommon.

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