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india: Pathological lab catches fire in city
A fire broke out from a chemical reaction at a pathological diagnostic centre in the city's Green Road yesterday.

The fire damaged equipment and chemicals of the laboratory on the second floor of a ten-storey building.

Lab assistant Mohammad Suman received severe burns as the accident occurred while he was processing chemicals at the lab at 11:30am.

Dilip Kumar Ghosh, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) also sustained injuries when the firemen were trying to put out the fire.

They were rushed to hospital, said FSCD officials.

Dr Mohammad Kamal, owner of the diagnostic centre, told The Daily Star, "The fire originated during mixing of chemicals".

FSCD officials said 10 units of firefighters after an hour-long effort could bring the fire under control.

Rab personnel barricaded the roads in the area to help the firefighters douse the flames. It however led to traffic snarl-ups on the roads.

China: Two killed in chemical plant blast in north China

Beijing, Apr 5 (PTI) Two people were killed and a person was injured when an explosion occurred in a chemical plant in north China's Chifeng City following which as many as 700 residents in the proximity of the site had to be evacuated.

The accident occurred when a high-pressure storage tank containing silicon tetrachloride exploded in Chifeng City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during the weekend, Xinhua news agency reported.

The blast in the Shengsen Silicon Technology Development Co, Ltd also injured another person.

Following the blast nearly 700 residents living nearby were evacuated to safer areas.

The injured has been confirmed to be in a stable condition in hospital, according to local authorities.

People returned to their homes after local environmental authorities announced that the atmospheric conditions in the town were normal.

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