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12 Chinese workers die, 24 hurt in dormitory fire

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October 10, 2012 07:03 AM EST | AP


BEIJING — Chinese state media say a fire in a workers' dormitory has killed 12 people and injured 24 others in northwestern China.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the fire broke out early Wednesday in a dormitory for workers on a water diversion project in Shaanxi province. It did not report the cause.

It says the workers are from a tunnel engineering subsidiary of China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co. Ltd.

A report on a news site run by the province, cnwest.com, says the dormitory was a three-story make-shift building.