China mine fire kills at least 11 in Hebei

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A fire at a mine in China's Hebei province has left 11 miners dead, state media report.

The Xinhua news agency said the miners were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, after a fan at the mine in Huailai County caught fire.

Two other workers were still missing after the incident, it quoted officials as saying.

China's mines have a notoriously poor safety record, despite officials efforts to improve standards.

More than 1,300 people were killed in mine accidents in 2012.

Deaths and injuries are often blamed on a failure to follow safety procedures.

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