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11/24/2018 7:01:24 PM

2 killed, 57 injured in China’s Jilin warehouse blast

Two people were killed and 57 injured in a warehouse explosion in northeast China's Jilin Province Friday night, according to the latest updates.

An injured person receives treatment in a hospital in Liaoyuan City of northeast China's Jilin Province Nov. 24, 2018. (Xinhua/Lin Hong)

The accident occurred at around 11:40 p.m. Friday (local time) in a warehouse of Jiangcheng Machinery Company in Sanhe Township, Dongfeng County, leaving two people dead, including one who died in hospital. The 57 injured are receiving treatment, with one person suffering serious injuries.

A total of 370 houses have been damaged, with 15 having collapsed in the blast and a subsequent fire which began shortly before midnight on Friday.

Rescue efforts were ongoing on Saturday morning and people had been evacuated from the area. Scores of police, fire fighters and medical personnel had been sent to the scene.

The explosion also caused a fire, which was put out Saturday morning. Dense smoke can still be seen at the scene.

Li Tao, a local resident, said he was sent to hospital in Dongfeng County at around 1:00 a.m. The explosion shattered the tiles and glass of his house. He later noticed scratches on his forehead and arms. His wife has been hospitalized in the same hospital due to heart problems caused by the explosion.

Investigation into the explosion is underway and rescue efforts are continuing./.

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