Pipeline burst causes fire in China

A fire broke out in China's north-eastern city of Dalian on Monday when oil leaked to the surface from a ruptured underground pipeline, according to reports.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that the spilt oil was burning fiercely and emergency services were trying to put out the flames in order to prevent an explosion, according to Reuters.

Xinhua news agency said the burst, near Dalian University, was caused by construction work, and the oil had ignited in at least one location. It said there were currently no casualties.

Xinhua said the pipeline belonged to China National Petroleum Corporation, the controlling shareholder of PetroChina.

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