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Three more bodies found in north China mine fire
Updated: 2004-11-26 23:37

Three more bodies were found  Friday in the tunnel of iron mines in Shahe, north China's Hebei  Province, raising the number of dead to 68.

119 miners remain missing, said an official with the  investigation group.

Zhang Fumin said that the investigation group, sent by the  State Council, started an all-round investigation Thursday.

Preliminary investigation shows that the "November 20" fire  broke out due to an electronic cable self-igniting in one iron  mine. The fire soon spread to other four mines. Nine people  closely related to the disaster were detained by police.

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