25 dead in central China coal mine fire

March 16, 2010 03:44


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BEIJING — An electrical fire at an illegal coal mine in central China has left 25 people dead, the latest fatal accident to rock the country's mining industry.

Three people — the mine's owner, manager and an investor — were detained by police following the Monday night blaze at the mine in Henan province, near the famed Shaolin kung fu temple, said He Yu, an official in the press office of the Zhengzhou city Communist Party.

Six of the 31 miners underground managed to escape the fire, He said.

It was not clear how the electrical fire started. An investigation was under way.

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