China’s Coal Mine Fire kills 21

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Shanghai: fire at a coal mine in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang killed 21 people with one still missing, state media reported on Saturday.

According to preliminary information, 38 people were working at the bottom of the shaft when the fire broke out. The fire started late Friday evening at a mine near the city of Jixi in southeast China.

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The facility is operated by the state-owned Heilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group, Xinhua news agency reported, but provided no further details of the incident.

China is the world’s largest producer of coal. Over the last year, 931 people have died in coal mine accidents, according to a senior Chinese work safety official.

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