Fri, March 26, 2010
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Blast-triggered fire kills at least 3 in E China chemical plant

2010-03-26 14:01:11 GMT2010-03-26 22:01:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a chemical plant in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 26, 2010. An explosion triggered a fire in the chemical plant, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Local citizens watch a fire as heavy smoke rises in the air near a chemical plant in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 26, 2010. An explosion triggered a fire in the chemical plant, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Local citizens watch a fire as heavy smoke rises in the air near a chemical plant in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 26, 2010. An explosion triggered a fire in the chemical plant, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a chemical plant in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 26, 2010. An explosion triggered a fire in the chemical plant, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a chemical plant in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 26, 2010. An explosion triggered a fire in the chemical plant, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

QINGDAO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- An explosion triggered a fire in a chemical plant in an east China city, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday.

The explosion occurred at 2:40 p.m. in Haiyi Specialty Chemicals Co., Ltd. in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong Province, said an official of the Qingdao municipal government.

The fire was now under control but not yet out, the official said.

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