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Fire visible from China destroys train on North Korean station

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 30, 2020
A fire at a train station in the North Korean city of Sinuiju destroyed a freight train carrying hundreds of tons of cooking oil from China and a warehouse full of cargo, witnesses who watched the blaze from across the Chinese border told RFA Friday.
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People in Dandong, China, across the Yalu river border from Sinuiju reported seeing large columns of smoke rising from the city Thursday morning local time. There has been no word on casualties or the cause of the fire.

Topics: China Korea

“Here in Dandong, we could see the black smoke rising more than 100 meters (100 yards) at about 11 a.m. yesterday, near Gangan Station in Sinuiju across the river,” a resident of Dandong told RFA’s Korea Service. The station is 1.8 km (1.1 mile) from the Yalu river and visible from Dandong on clear days.

“People from Dandong who were walking along the Yalu stopped in their tracks, wondering what was going on in Sinuiju,” said the source, who requested anonymity to speak freely.

“A Chinese citizen resident of Sinuiju confirmed that the smoke was caused by a fire at the station,” said the source, adding, “the fire burned a freight train that had arrived at the station after carrying a full load of cargo from Dandong.”