The fire occurred in the area of the ethylene glycol plant of the Sinopec Petrochemical Complex at about 4 a.m. in Jinshan city district, the company said on its official Weibo account.
According to the Shanghai Fire Department, rescue teams were dispatched from Jinshan and Fengxian districts and the city’s chemical industrial park. Rescue operations are underway, it added.
At about 9:00 a.m. local time, the company said the fire was “under control”.
In a video posted by Shanghai residents on social media and reviewed by DailyExpertNews, at least one explosion occurred at the petrochemical plant as the fire raged.
China has seen a spate of industrial accidents in recent years, killing dozens, raising public safety concerns.