Fire in Chinese coal mine kills 30 Wed Oct 30, 9:33 AM ET BEIJING - An underground fire in a coal mine in southern China killed 30 miners, the official XinhuaMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2002View SourceFire in Chinese coal mine kills 30Wed Oct 30, 9:33 AM ET
BEIJING - An underground fire in a coal mine in southern China killed 30 miners, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.
Another five survived the disaster early Tuesday in the southern city of Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi region, 600 kilometers (350 miles) west of Hong Kong, Xinhua said.
Investigators believe the fire in the No. 4 section of the Ertang Coal Mine broke out after a power transformer ignited wooden pillars, the news agency said.
"The area where the miners were working quickly filled with poisonous gas," the report said.
China's coal mines are the world's deadliest.
Safety officials say 4,257 coal miners were killed in the first nine months of this year in fires, floods and explosions.
Many accidents are blamed on lack of safety and fire equipment or failure by managers and local officials to enforce safety standards.