A container warehouse in Tianjin Port International Logistics Center suffered a major explosion last night at around 11:30pm, causing a large-scale fire in the area.
The fire is still raging this morning, with reports that the incident has caused 7 deaths, with another 32 people in severe condition, and more than 400 people injured.
Tianjin Fire Brigade said that they have lost contact with 36 firefighters in the fire, with another nine confirmed dead and dozens of them injured.
According to a witness near the site containers have been blown to the nearby highway by the explosion.
Tianjin Port made an announcement that the explosion site is in the warehouse of Ruihai International Logistics, a private company which mainly engages in the business of hazardous cargo logistics. Currently operations at Tianjin Port are normal and the port is evaluating losses.
Tianjin Meteorological Department is also monitoring the pollution brought about by the explosion.
Firefighting operation are still ongoing.