2 employees burned alive as liquid metal spills at Russian iron & steel plant

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Two workers were trapped in a crane cabin in a deadly blaze following a liquid metal spill at the iron and steel factory in Chelyabinsk, Russia. A fire struck the Mechel iron and steel plant in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk (1,783km east of Moscow) early on Wednesday as red hot liquid metal spilled from a scoop on a 150 sq. m. surface, leaving two people dead, local authorities report. Officials say a moving crane was burning as firefighters arrived at the scene. A witness reports that the fire was caused by a blast as hot metal poured into the mold, which mistakenly contained water or ice. The incident reportedly caused major damage and left the production facility without a roof.

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