Fire engulfs NW China workshop, casualties unknown

2008-07-27 18:31:02 GMT       2008-07-28 02:31:02 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

URUMQI, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters have extinguished a big fire in a workshop in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, but no report of casualties is immediately available.

The fire broke out at about 7:00 p.m. Sunday in a factory workshop of Nongfu Spring Co., Ltd. in Manas County of Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Changji, about 150 kilometers from the regional capital Urumqi.

The fire spread very fast. Firefighters from Changji Prefecture, Shihezi City and Urumqi City were dispatched to assist in the operation.

Firefighters quenched the fire at 11:40 p.m. but the workshop was completely demolished.

Investigation has begun.

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