JINAN, 15 April (BelTA - Xinhua) - Ten people died of smoke inhalation in an accident in a pharmaceutical company in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, local authorities said Monday.
The accident occurred at 15:37 on Monday afternoon in the basement of Qilu Tianhe Pharmaceutical when welding sparks ignited a heat-transferring substance, generating smoke.
Eight people who were working on a pipeline renovation project suffocated to death on the spot, and two others died despite emergency medical treatment.
Twelve rescuers also sustained minor smoke inhalation injuries, which were not life-threatening.
The accident did not pose harm to the local environment, local environmental protection authorities said.
Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.More about Society