16 dead, 7 trapped in China gold mine fire

August 7, 2010 07:25


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BEIJING — A fire in a gold mine in eastern China killed at least 16 workers and trapped seven underground, a state work safety official said Saturday.

The fire that broke out Friday afternoon at the Lingnan Gold Mine in Zhaoyuan city in eastern Shandong province had been put out but rescuers were still working to free those underground, according to the chief of the state work safety administration's policy law and regulation department. He identified himself by his surname as Li.

The fire initially trapped 50 workers, but all but seven had been pulled out as of 11 a.m. Saturday, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said. The report said 329 people had been working in the mine.

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