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Fire engulfs petrochemical plant in China


Beijing: A major fire engulfed a petrochemical plant in east China’s Shandong Province this morning, officials said.

The blazes broke out at around 7:40 AM (local time) as tanks containing liquefied hydrocarbon leaked at the plant situated in the city of Rizhao.

More than 130 firefighters rushed to the spot to douse the fire including additional firefighters from neighbouring Qingdao city.

The fire was brought down under control with no casualties being reported, officials said.

According to the city’s environmental protection bureau, environmental personnel monitoring air quality around the plant have found excessive content of harmful non-methane hydrocarbon in some places.

The density of the pollutant, however, is dropping, the bureau said.

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