Fire at Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Plant in China Kills One

Environmental News from China: 

A fire killed one person at a Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co plant in Shanghai on Saturday, an accident that will not significantly affect the market, the company said.

A roaring fire was seen engulfing part of a sprawling factory, emitting columns of thick black smoke, in a video posted on Twitter by the state-backed Shanghai Daily.

The fire at one of China’s biggest refining and petrochemicals plants started around 4 a.m. (2000 GMT on Friday) and had been brought under control by 9 a.m. but “was difficult to handle”, state media Xinhua reported, citing fire officials.

Video posted online by Xinhua from mid-morning showed a much smaller fire but with black smoke still billowing out of the facility.

The driver of a third-party transport vehicle died and a company employee suffered a minor injury, said a Sinopec representative.

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Source: Reuters

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