China Gold Mine Fire Kills 14, 300 Rescued: Report
Saturday, 07 August 2010

A fire at a gold mine in eastern China has killed 14 miners, while more than 300 have been lifted to safety, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.

Rescue operations were proceeding with eight miners still trapped underground and believed to be alive, it said. The fire broke out on Friday afternoon at the mine near Yantai city in Shandong province, Xinhua said.

An initial investigation showed the fire was likely caused by an underground cable. Police had detained the mine owner, it added.

China is frequently hit by mine disasters, mostly in coal mines, which kill hundreds of people every year.

The government has tried to improve safety, but efforts have been hampered by the widespread ignoring of rules in the rush to extract natural resources to feed China's booming economy.


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