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Fire at petrochemical plant in Shanghai under control

By XING YI | | Updated: 2022-06-18 10:06
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A petrochemical plant in Jinshan district in Shanghai catches fire in the morning of June 18, 2022. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/China Daily]

A petrochemical plant in Jinshan district in Shanghai caught fire at 4:28 am on Saturday, leaving one person dead and one injured, according to the city's fire department.

Emergency response teams have been dispatched to the site to extinguish the blaze, and rescue work is still ongoing.

The fire has not caused any impact to the surrounding water environment, said the city's fire department.

Shanghai authorities have formed a team to investigate the cause of the fire, said Shanghai Emergency Management Bureau.

The bureau said they are carrying out protective burning protocols to exhaust flammable materials in tubes in order to reduce risk, and the overall situation is now under control.

Based on monitoring data by local environment authorities, the air quality of the district has returned to normal and water contamination has yet to be found in neighboring rivers, the bureau said.

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