The latest victims of China’s mining industry—16 people died Friday night in a gold mine fire in Shandong province, near Yantai city.
Officials say an underground electric cable caused the fire in the mine.
More than 300 people were rescued, 39 are now in hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. There haven’t been any reports on whether anyone is still trapped inside.
Xinhua says police have detained the owner of the mine.
Mine accidents are common in China, often due to mine owners not following safety regulations and officials turning a blind eye.
China’s mining industry claimed over 2,600 lives last year.