China mine fire kills 24 and leaves 52 injured

(AGI) Beijing, Nov 26 - A fire broke out in a mine in Fuxin, inthe northeastern province of Liaoning, China, killing 24 peopleand leaving 52 injured. The mine is run by the Hengda group, acompany controlled by the state-owned Liaoning Fuxin CoalCorporation. According to eye witnesses, the fire broke outaround 2.35 a.m. local time as coal dust caught fire due to anearth tremor (magnitude 1.6). Xinhua press agency reported thatrescue operations ended several hours later and were conductedby security forces. Some of the people injured are still incritical conditions. Mine incidents

(AGI) Beijing, Nov 26 - A fire broke out in a mine in Fuxin, inthe northeastern province of Liaoning, China, killing 24 peopleand leaving 52 injured. The mine is run by the Hengda group, acompany controlled by the state-owned Liaoning Fuxin CoalCorporation. According to eye witnesses, the fire broke outaround 2.35 a.m. local time as coal dust caught fire due to anearth tremor (magnitude 1.6). Xinhua press agency reported thatrescue operations ended several hours later and were conductedby security forces. Some of the people injured are still incritical conditions. Mine incidents are quite common in China,a country which relies on coal for about 70 percent of itsenergy production. Last year such incidents totaled almost 600,with more than 1000 people killed or missing. The Fuxin coalmine, in operation since 1978, is one of the largest innortheastern China with a production capacity of 1500 tons ayear and employing 4660 workers. It is not the first time thatFuxin has experienced this type of incident; last year 8 minerslost their lives due to a gas leak. (AGI) .