Beijing, November 26, 2014 (PTI) At least 24 workers were killed and 52 others injured on Wednesday when a fire broke out in a coal mine in China’s northeastern Liaoning Province soon after a mild earthquake jolted the region. The fire was noticed in the early hours at the coal mine under Hengda Coal, a subsidiary of Fuxin Coal, a major producer in the Province. Twenty four workers were killed in the accident, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Fuxin Coal said the rescue is over and all the injured workers have been hospitalised.

“Some of the injured are still in critical conditions and might need to be transferred to bigger hospitals in the provincial capital of Shenyang,” a medical worker with the general hospital run by the mine company told Xinhua. The victims mostly suffered burns and respiratory damage, she said.

Fuxin is some 200 km northwest from Shenyang. It will take around three hours to transfer the victims. Before the fire broke out, a 1.6-magnitude quake was monitored at a city near the coal mine.

Local government is investigating connections between tremor and the fire.
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