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Fire at Xinjiang Cotton and Hemp Depot

Xinhuanet 2002-03-19 22:22:36
   Urumqi, March 19 (Xinhuanet) -- A cotton and hemp depot in
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region caught fire
Tuesday morning, causing an estimated loss of 24 million yuan (2.
89 million U.S. dollars).
   The blaze at the depot, located in a town in Turpan City,
started at around 2:00 hrs. It was not extinguished until around
15:00 hrs due to strong wind and the late arrival of firefighters,
which had been held up by a heavy snow.
   At the time of the fire, 30,000 tones of cotton awaiting
shipment to the state reserve warehouse was being stored. About 3,
000 tones of this was destroyed in the fire, say local
firefighters.
   Causes of the fire and concrete losses are still under
investigation.   Enditem
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