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26 dead in north China coal mine company building fire

Published : 16 Nov 2023, 22:14

Updated : 17 Nov 2023, 00:21

  DF News Desk
Firefighters try to put out a fire at a building of the Yongju coal mine company in Lyuliang City, north China's Shanxi province, Nov. 16, 2023. Photo: Xinhua.

Death toll has risen to 26 after a fire broke out Thursday morning at a building of a coal mine company in north China's Shanxi Province, according to rescuers, reported Xinhua.

The fire ripped through the second floor of the five-story building located in Lishi District of Lyuliang City. Rescue efforts are underway, according to local authorities.

More than 60 people have been sent to a local hospital for treatment.

The building belongs to the private Yongju coal mine company.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to rescue and treat the injured after a fire accident at a building of a coal mine company in north China's Shanxi Province on Thursday morning.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, asked all regions and relevant departments to thoroughly identify risks in key industries to safeguard people's lives, property, and social stability.

Xi, who is visiting abroad, made the instructions immediately after the accident.

The accident caused heavy casualties, and the lesson is profound, Xi said, urging authorities to find out the cause of the accident as soon as possible, and hold accountable those responsible.

Xi stressed that all regions and relevant departments should learn a lesson from the accident, firmly establish the concept of safe development, and strengthen bottom-line thinking.

In view of the high risk of fire accidents in winter, Xi demanded improving emergency plans and preventive measures, making all parties step up to their responsibilities, and resolutely curbing the occurrence of major accidents.

Premier Li Qiang made instructions, urging a fast rescue of the missing personnel, all-out efforts to treat the wounded, minimizing casualties, and properly dealing with the aftermath.

On assignment from Xi, officials from the State Council and relevant departments have gone to the scene to guide the rescue and emergency response work.