21 dead, 1 missing after coal mine fire in northeastern China


A late-night fire at a coal mine in northeastern China killed 21 people, state media reported.

Thirty-eight miners were working a shaft when when an angle belt caught fire about 11 pm Friday at a state-owned colliery in the city of Jixi, Hialongjiang province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Sixteen people were pulled to safety, it said.

The report did not mention the fate of the missing miner or the cause of the fire.