On the afternoon of December 2, a video of a factory fire in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, was released and widely circulated. In the video, thick smoke rises above the factory area and covers the entire sky above.

The Xuzhou Emergency Management Bureau determined that the fire broke out at around 4:50 p.m. at a project on Jinfeng Street in the Xuzhou Economic Development Zone. The fire was extinguished at 22:20.

Seven people trapped in the accident were rescued and taken to hospital for treatment. Of them, five died and two were injured.

Local reporters reported that the fire started at Hongyuan New Materials Co (Xuzhou) in the Xuzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. The company was registered on May 12, 2022.

This company is mainly engaged in research and development of new materials technology, including electronic materials and special equipment for semiconductor devices, non-metallic mineral products, photovoltaic devices and components, etc.

The Xuzhou government said that this is an investment attraction project that started on August 16 this year. The total investment is about 15 billion yuan (over $2 billion). The total construction area is about 700,000 square meters. Once the project goes into full production, it will bring an estimated annual output value of 40 billion yuan.

The fire has been extinguished and repair work is underway. The Xuzhou city government has set up a research team to investigate the accident.

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