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Death toll rises to 21 in China gas leak

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The death toll has risen to 21 from a gas leak at a steel company in Hebei province
  • Company leaders admitted trying to underreport the death toll from the accident
  • Leaders of Hebei Puyang Iron and Steel had said that only seven people had died
  • The workers were poisoned while trying to put together a furnace
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(CNN) -- The death toll has risen to 21 from a gas leak at a steel company in northern China, state-run media reported Friday.

Company leaders admitted trying to underreport the death toll from the accident, which occurred Monday in northern Hebei province, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

Leaders of Hebei Puyang Iron and Steel said Monday that only seven people had died, Xinhua reported, citing a government statement.

The workers were poisoned while trying to put together a furnace, the news agency said.

This deaths happened about two weeks after a gas leak at another steel company in the same province killed at least 17 people.

That incident happened at the Ganglu Iron and Steel Company on December 23.