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    Posted September 4, 2013 by
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    Huge HYNIX Fire in WUXI


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Julie Sim heard about a fire at the SK Hynix computer-chip factory in Wuxi, China, and said she was told to pick up her children from school today. The school is about a kilometer from the plant, she said. As she headed over there via taxi, she saw black plumes of smoke and snapped these images just before 4 p.m. local time.

    "As I was taking them all I was thinking was OMG, this is no apartment block fire this has to be something much, much worse than normal smoke ... it was very thick black and had a funny smell as we drove closer even with all the windows open in the car. It was very frightening as I was worried about where my children were and what exactly had happened," she said. Sim is a stay-at-home mom.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Approximately 3:30pm (wuxi local time) a fire broke out at the HYNIX Semiconductors factory in Wuxi, China. Resulting in a chemical cloud moving over the entire city. Thick black smoke was seen bellowing out from the factory from miles away and blanketed the city.
    The Korean company employ's several thousand people and supplies semiconductor parts for International companies such as Apple and Dell.
    No reports of casualties at this stage, as local news reports are sketchy, but fears are mounting about the fumes in the air surrounding the factory and the thousands of homes in the encompassing area, including local schools and even an International school where foreign families working for the HYNIX corporation send their children.

    International Schools across the city have been closed including Eton House International School and International School of Wuxi. And parents have been advised to keep all their windows and doors closed until further notice.

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