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Massive fire puts spotlight back on Chinese chemical plants
Massive fire puts spotlight back on Chinese chemical plants

A blaze at a chemical factory in southeastern China has put a fresh spotlight on the safety and management of such facilities and their potential environmental impact. The fire broke out Monday at the Taiwanese-owned Tenglong Aromatic Hydrocarbon plant in the city of Zhangzhou in Fujian province, and defied the efforts of 829 firefighters and 170 fire engines to put it out over three days. At least six people were injured. The blast could be felt miles away and shattered windows of homes and businesses in nearby villages; residents were evacuated as the inferno raged. Members of the army’s chemical defense corps were among firefighters who battled the blaze. It was the second...

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