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Shenzhen's entry port to reopen after fire


09:08, April 17, 2012

People wait outside a building at Luohu Port in Shenzhen on Monday night after a fire swept through the custom office. The fire started around 7:40 pm and was put out about two hours later. The port was closed temporarily. An initial probe said the fire might have been ignited by an electrical wiring malfunction on the third floor. (Photo by Zhang Guofang / for China Daily)

GUANGZHOU - A major port linking Hong Kong and Shenzhen city may resume operation Tuesday morning after firefighters put out a blaze in a customs building on Monday night, officials said.

No casualties have been reported since the fire was extinguished at 10:40 pm. The closing of the Luohu Port following the fire delayed about 100 people at the port's checkpoint, said Zou Donghui, an official in charge of the port's operation.

An average of 280,000 passengers pass through the Luohu Port, located in Shenzhen, to the Hong Kong special administrative region or to the Chinese mainland every day, Zhou said.

Local fire control authorities received a report at 8:50 pm stating that heavy smoke was belching from an 11-story customs office at the port, firefighters said. An initial probe indicated that the fire was caused by malfunctioning electrical wiring on the third floor.


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