Beijing chemicals warehouse catches fire, no casualties - report

29 June 2010 11:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--A chemical warehouse located in a suburb of Beijing, China, caught fire this morning, but no casualties have been reported so far, state media Xinhua News Agency said on Tuesday.

A witness from Xiapo village in Fangshan said before the fire started she heard an explosion, which took place at around 07:00 hours (23:00 hours GMT) on 29 June, according to Xinhua.

Witnesses saw dense smoke rising about 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) into the air from the warehouse, said Xinhua.

Around 40 fire trucks and hundreds of firefighters joined in efforts to control the fire, which took six hours to contain, according to reports.

The warehouse, owned by Beijing Yanfang Huaxing Warehouse Logistics Co, contained chemical substances such as polyethylene and acetone.

Zhao Zixin, head of the fire brigade, told Xinhua that more than 5,000 square metres (53,820 square feet) of the warehouse had been destroyed by the fire.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are currently underway, said the newswire.

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