the impressive fire of a chemical factory in Shanghai kills at least one

According to local media, residents of this petrochemical plant heard an explosion before the fire broke out.

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Apocalyptic footage shows massive black smoke rising into the sky. At least one person was killed in a fire at a chemical plant in Shanghai on Saturday (June 18th), Chinese state media reported. The fire was declared around 4 a.m. (local time) at the Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. plant, located in the Jinshan district, southwest of the Chinese megalopolis. He was brought under control a few hours later, according to the news agency Chine Nouvelle.

The refinery is located near the seafront, not far from a natural park, details AFP, which obtained from a resident a video shot by a drone showing three separate fires. The BBC’s China correspondent shared images showing the thickness and size of the smoke cloud.

According to local media, residents of this petrochemical plant heard an explosion before the fire broke out. The Shanghai Fire Department announced on Weibo, the local equivalent of Twitter, that it dispatched more than 500 people to the scene immediately after the incident. The Ministry of Emergency Management has also dispatched experts to the scene, according to CCTV.

The fire broke out as Shanghai, the economic capital of China, resumes its activity after being completely confined for two months in response to an epidemic outbreak of Covid-19. This containment, which ended in early June, led to the closure of factories and disruptions to supply chains.

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