Five die in China gold mine fire

Beijing, Sep 28: Five people were killed when a fire broke out at a gold mine pit in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, authorities said Friday.

The accident occurred Thursday as welding sparks ignited the fire on wooden scaffoldings at the mine run by Xinglong Mining Co. in Tongguan county, reported Xinhua.

Six miners trapped underground by heavy smoke were pulled out by Friday morning. Four of them died.

One rescuer was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning during the rescue operation.