Liquid ammonia leak kills 15 people, injures 25 at cold storage plant in Shanghai

BEIJING — At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China’s financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said.

Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

 The government identified the plant as Weng’s Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., but gave no further details. The cause of the leak was not immediately known and investigations led by the city’s work safety bureau were under way, it said.The Information Office said an environmental monitoring station in the district did not detect any negative impact from the leak.

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Massive fire rips through Chinese poultry plant, killing at least 119 people

About 350 workers were reportedly in the slaughterhouse when the blaze broke out. The cluttered and ‘complicated’ building may have trapped the doomed workers, the smoke and fire killing them as they tried to escape.

Smoke rises from Baoyuan poultry plant that caught fire at Dehui, northeast China's Jilin province on June 3, 2013.  At least 119 people were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China on Monday, local officials said, in what appeared to be the country's worst blaze for 12 years. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Smoke rises from Baoyuan poultry plant that caught fire at Dehui, northeast China’s Jilin province on June 3, 2013. At least 119 people were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China on Monday, local officials said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst blaze for 12 years.

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BEIJING — Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said.

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