Shanghai apartment block fire kills 42: report

SHANGHAI Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:02pm EST

1 of 3. Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a building in Shanghai, November 15, 2010.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - At least 42 people died and more than 50 were injured when fire swept through a central Shanghai apartment block Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The blaze broke out in a 28-storey building in the Jing'an district that was being renovated and spread quickly to the upper floors, Xinhua said.

Firefighters trying to tackle the flames had to set up hoses on top of a nearby building to get near the blaze and brought it under control after about four hours.

More than 50 people injured by the fire were taken to a nearby hospital, and firefighters were searching the building for bodies and survivors, Xinhua quoted the municipal authorities as saying.

At the height of the blaze, helicopters tried to rescue people trapped on the roof of the building, many of whose residents were teachers at nearby schools and pensioners.

Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu was on his way to Shanghai to direct the rescue work.

The cause of the fire was unknown, but a witness said he saw construction materials burning before the fire climbed up the scaffolding and quickly spread, Xinhua reported.

(Editing by Tim Pearce in London)

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Comments (9)
MESTRAW wrote:
Funny how the fire didn’t bring down this condominium, yet the similar fire brought down World Trade Centers. Maybe it was American engineers were on crack when they built World Trade Centers.

Nov 15, 2010 5:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnPaul0987 wrote:
I don’t believe that only 42 people died from this building fire at 2:30 PM local time. And this is the building for retirees. Most of them at home.

You can see the flame comes from every window, 2/3 building was in flame.

In the communist country, state control the press so the casualty much, much more than the given number.

Chinese government just wants to protect their impress images around the world nowadays.

Nov 15, 2010 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
steelersstorm wrote:
I am curious Mestraw what World Trade Center fire you are referring to? The 1975 fire? 9/11 Fire?

Nov 15, 2010 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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