Twelve others were injured in the accident. None of those injured were in a critical condition, according to the local government. A trio of three-storey buildings were reduced to their steel frames by the explosion. Windows of nearby buildings were shattered by the explosion at the factory, which is surrounded by a sand and gravel plant. Footage from state television channel CCTV showed heavy smoke rising from the factory, which was owned by the Hengda Science and Technology Company which makes chemicals for the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Fire at the chemical plant in China
The fire, which broke out early on Thursday evening, was put out by 11:30 p.m., the government said in its statement. Local firefighters told the media that the blast had been caused by exploding methanol but did not provide further details.It was the latest deadly industrial incident in the world’s largest producer of chemicals. An investigation has begun. Efforts have been made to improve work safety standards but deadly industrial accidents remain common in China, where enforcement of safety regulations can sometimes be lax.