At least one person has died after a fire broke out at a petrochemical center in Shanghai on Saturday, Chinese state media reported.
The fire broke out at the ethylene glycol plant at Sinopec’s petrochemical complex at about 4am in the Jinshan region, the company said in its official Weibo account.
Rescue teams from Jinshan and Fengxian provinces, as well as the city’s chemical industry park, were dispatched to the scene, according to the Shanghai fire department. Rescue operations are in progress, he added.
At about 9 a.m. local time, the company said the fire was under control.
In a video posted by Shanghai residents on social media and reviewed, at least one explosion occurred in the petrochemical industry as a fire broke out.
China has seen a number of industrial accidents in recent years that have left many dead, raising concerns about public safety.
In 2015, at least 173 people died after a series of explosives at a chemical depot in the northern city of Tianjin.
Last October, at least three people were killed and more than 30 were injured during a violent explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The gas explosion occurred in a mixed residential and commercial building.