A fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning at one of the largest refining and petrochemical plants in Shanghai, China.
The ethylene glycol facility called Sinopec is a state-owned company that operates in the suburb of Jinshan, Shanghai. The company has confirmed the death of one person who was a transport driver and also one of the company’s employees had been injured.
The cause of the fire has not yet been known but residents living four miles away from the plant had reported that they heard a loud explosion. The fire department of Shanghai had responded quickly to the incident and had dispatched more than five hundred personnel to the scene to put the fire under control.
Shanghai is the economic center of China and they had been under very strict covid regulations which forbade them from leaving their houses in other to curb another coronavirus outbreak in the city. The government just recently introduced a new rule which allows residents to show a green health code on their phones to be able to leave their houses and have access to most public places.