At least six people were killed and four injured after a fire in a gold mine located in the eastern province china Shandong, local press reports.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning when workers were carrying out maintenance tasks on mining equipment at the Caojiawa gold well.
Ten miners were trapped by the fire, of which four were rescued and sent to a hospital, where they are stable, points out the China Daily newspaper today.
About 200 personnel participated in the rescue efforts, which lasted until late yesterday afternoon because it was about finding four missing workers, who were finally found lifeless.
The authorities have opened an investigation into what happened at the mine, which has been in operation for more than 30 years.
In another gold mine in the same province, an explosion was recorded at the beginning of January in which 10 workers died and 11 others were rescued after two weeks trapped underground.
The incident prompted the authorities to initiate a campaign to review the safety conditions in the mining industry, especially in coal pits, which continue to register a high accident rate, although in recent years the number of fatal accidents has dropped significantly.