Fire sweeps through factories in Xinjiang

Updated: 2014-07-21 09:38


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URUMQI - Hundreds of people were evacuated Monday morning after a fire swept through several factories and a residential building in Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang autonomous region.

No information on casualties is immediately available.

The fire that broke out at around 1 am Monday was put out at around 7 am, before it swept through a sofa plant, an open-air storage place for cardboard boxes, a plastic-crushing plant, a storage house for building materials and a residential building in Saybag District in southern Urumqi.

More than 200 fire fighters aided with 55 fire engines are still clearing the ember and checking casualties.