Almost 30,000 people living near a Chinese chemical plant where a huge fire blazed for a total of nearly 50 hours were evacuated before the flames were finally extinguished on Thursday, media said.

The fire at the factory producing paraxylene — a chemical commonly known as PX and used to make fabric — began on Monday evening, with explosions rocking the building in Zhangzhou.

The fire was first put out on Tuesday night, but two storage tanks ignited again on Wednesday, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

“A total of 29,096 people have been evacuated from the surrounding area,” Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday, adding in a separate dispatch Thursday that the fire had “finally been put out” in the early hours.

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