A fire burned in a coal company building early Thursday in a northern Chinese city, killing 19 people and injuring a few dozen more
ByThe Associated Press
November 16, 2023, 12:15 AM
BEIJING — A fire burned in a coal company building early Thursday in a northern Chinese city, killing 19 people and injuring a few dozen more.
The building belongs to Yongju Coal Company and is in Lvliang city in northern Shanxi province, a major coal-producing region, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
District officials issued a statement saying rescue and emergency services were at the scene. They evacuated 63 people, though it is unclear if the 19 dead were among that figure, according to the CCTV report.
The blaze appeared to be in a building with offices and dormitories and not where coal was being mined.
Coal mine accidents are not uncommon in China, though the government has been working on improving safety.
AP researcher Wanqing Chen in Beijing contributed to this report.