Forest fire kills 18 firefighters in China

A forest fire in southwest China killed 18 firefighters and one other person, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday.

The firefighters and a local farm worker who was leading them were trapped by flames while extinguishing the fire when the wind suddenly changed.

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The fire started on Monday near Liangshan Yi Prefecture, in the Sichuan province.

Sichuan previously suffered a serious accident after a forest fire about a year ago, when at least 27 firefighters and three others died in Muli, a Tibetan autonomous county.


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