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Gold mine fire kills 14 workers in eastern China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: 23 miners are still trapped
  • 292 miners escaped after the fire started
  • A preliminary investigation suggested that an underground cable sparked the fire

Beijing, China (CNN) -- Fourteen miners died and another 23 remained trapped in a gold mine where a fire broke out Friday evening in eastern China's Shandong province, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported Saturday.

Another 292 miners escaped safely after the fire erupted at about 5 p.m. Friday, it said.

The fire was in the Luoshan Gold Mine run by the Lingnan Mining Company in Zhaoyuan, a spokesman with the Yantai City government told Xinhua.

A preliminary investigation suggested an underground cable sparked the fire, he said.

Dozens of injured miners had been sent to two local hospitals, a spokesman with the rescue headquarters told Xinhua.