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Report: 11 Chinese pupils killed by carbon monoxide

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  • State news agency: 11 schoolgirls in NW China die from carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Students used school-provided charcoal heater to warm their dormitory room
  • Sole survivor in a stable condition in hospital, agency reports doctor as saying
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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Eleven schoolgirls in northwest China's Shaanxi province died from carbon monoxide poisoning after they used a school-provided charcoal heater to warm their dorm room, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

In all, 12 students were poisoned in the incident Monday night at the Duiziliang School in Yulin City, a provincial government official told Xinhua.

The students were found Tuesday morning and rushed to a hospital, where 11 died, the official said.

The lone survivor was in stable condition at the Dingbian County Hospital, Xinhua reported, citing a hospital doctor.

All the girls were in the fourth grade and were about 10 years old, a teacher who asked for anonymity told Xinhua.

Dormitory rooms usually hold about 12 students, the teacher said, and the school provided heaters and charcoal.

Provincial Vice-Governor Zhu Jingzhi, along with other provincial officials, traveled to the school as part of the investigation, Xinhua said.

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