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Fire at subway construction site in NE China, no casualties reported

(Xinhua)

14:18, January 20, 2012

DALIAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Flames engulfed a prefabricated house at a subway construction site Thursday afternoon in Dalian, a port city in northeast China's Liaoning province, according to local authorities.

A preliminary investigation showed that a jar of liquefied petroleum gas exploded around 2 p.m., igniting the house, a spokesman with the city's fire department said.

Witnesses said the flames reached a height of at least 10 meters, destroying two-thirds of the house before firefighters could arrive at the scene.

The fire was put out by 5 p.m. with no initial reports of casualties.

The two-story house served as a dormitory for construction workers at a subway construction site on Xi'an Road in downtown Dalian.

The construction site is part of one of five subway lines set to open by the end of this year.

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