13 August 2015, News Wires – The death toll from a chain of explosions in the port city of Tianjin in northern China has increased to 44, with more than 500 being hospitalised, according to local media reports.
The blast at a chemical warehouse of a logistics company in a port area has also “seriously damaged” the headquarters of the China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), according to a COOEC statement.
Its offices in the Tanggu, about one kilometre away from the site of the explosions, will remain shut until further notice as a result of the damage.
COOEC management has requested its staff to stay away from the office building. No COOEC staff were reported killed or injured.
The explosion erupted at a warehouse storing chemicals in the Binhai New Area soon after 23:00 on Wednesday. The cause of the blast is not immediately clear.