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Chemical factory blast leaves 1 dead, 11 hurt

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Black smoke rises after an explosion at the plant of Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd., in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Friday.

Jiji Press FUJI, Shizuoka (Jiji Press) — An explosion and subsequent fire left one dead and 11 injured at Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd.’s factory in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Friday.

A man in his 60s died and three of the 11 injured, who were in their 20s to 60s, suffered severe injuries, fire authorities said.

According to the prefectural police department, five people were rushed to hospital in the incident, which occurred around 8:30 a.m.

With heavy smoke rising from the plant, local authorities ordered some 50 people in a 100-meter vicinity of the site to evacuate.

According to the fire authorities, the fire was extinguished around 2:10 p.m.

Osaka-based Arakawa Chemical Industries, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section, makes and sells chemicals used in paper manufacturing and resin for printing ink.

According to the police, the explosion occurred at a four-story plant within the factory premises.

At that time, more than 10 people were working at the facility and using toluene, a highly flammable chemical substance, the police said.

The site is some five kilometers north of Shin-Fuji Station on JR Tokai’s Tokaido Shinkansen Line.Speech

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