Chemical warehouse on fire in Beijing, no casualties reported

16:24, June 29, 2010      

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Fire fighters have basically contained a blaze that has been raging for six hours in a chemical warehouse in the southwest outskirts of Beijing Tuesday.

No casualties have yet been reported.

Zhao Zixin, head of the fire brigade, said they were putting out the last embers of the fire.

A total of 59 fire appliances were in attendance at the site.

He said the fire reported at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday has destroyed an area of more than 5,000 square meters in the warehouse owned by Beijing Yanfang Huaxing Warehouse Logistics Co. Ltd., incinerating stocks of polyethylene and acetone.

A witness surnamed Ren in Xiapo Village, Fangshan District, said she heard an explosion before the fire, which shattered the window in her house.

"I immediately ran out of the house, and saw many villagers looking at the fire and smoke," the woman said.

Dense smoke rose about 1,000 meters into the air, said witnesses.

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