At least 7 dead in fire at chemical plant in China

The fire happened during a desulfurization process at the facility, which is operated by the Shandong Guoshun group.

At least seven people died in a fire that occurred this Monday (03.14.2022) at a chemical plant in northern China, state television CGTN reported today.

The fire started at 2:08 a.m. Monday (18:08 GMT Sunday) at the plant, located in the city of Baotou, Inner Mongolia region, and was brought under control about an hour later.

The fire happened during a desulfurization process at the facilities, operated by the Shandong Guoshun group, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The investigation to clarify the causes of the event is still ongoing, according to the Inner Mongolian authorities.

Accidents are frequent in the Chinese chemical sector, where, despite new initiatives, regulations remain lax.

Last month, five people died and eight others were injured after inhaling toxic fumes after an accident at a chemical fiber factory in the northeastern city of Jilin.

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In 2019, an explosion at a chemical plant in the eastern province of Jiangsu left 78 dead, after which an inspection of all chemical plants in the country was ordered.

mg (efe, Reuters)

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