4 new fires at China blast site, widespread safety hazards found

Inspectors find safety hazards at 70% of Beijing chemical firms; thousands of dead fish scooped from river near Tianjin

Shanghai: Four new fires have broken out at the site where two huge blasts last week killed 114 people, state media reported on Friday soon after officials said safety hazards were found at almost 70 percent of firms handling dangerous chemicals in Beijing.

The explosions in a warehouse storing dangerous chemicals devastated an industrial park in the northeastern port city of Tianjin late on Aug. 12. More than 700 people were injured and thousands were evacuated because of the risk posed by chemicals stored at the site.

The official Xinhua news agency said on Friday rescue crews were rushing to the site after four new fires broke out. It said one of the “combustion points” was in a logistics site for automobiles near last week’s blast.

The other three were within the central blast area, it said without giving any explanation of the cause of the fires.

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