Chemical blaze kills 30 in Iran

An explosion and fire at a chemical plant near the city of Arak in central Iran has killed 30 people and injured 38, Iranian media report. A container holding 60,000 litres of flammable products exploded during welding work nearby and the fire quickly spread. Some of the dead were burnt beyond recognition and 23 of the injured suffered burns of 70% or more. The factory reportedly produced cosmetics and detergents.

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