Fire tears through Chinese skyscraper as debris falls onto streets below (VIDEO)
On Friday, fire tore through a high-rise building in Dalian, northeastern China. Chinese media reports suggest there are no causalities and that there is no reason to believe that anyone is trapped inside.
At least 30 fire trucks and 100 firefighters are at the scene, according to media reports. The building’s power and gas supplies have been turned off to aid rescue operations.
Images shared online suggest the Chinese authorities are yet to bring the blaze under control. Footage appears to show panels and other debris falling off the underside of the building.
A fire has broken out at a high-rise building in Dalian, NE. China’s Liaoning Province. No casualties have been reported yet. The cause of the fire is under investigation. pic.twitter.com/YF6lCNgF6O— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 27, 2021
One photo shows a firefighter in a precarious position on top of the building, attempting to extinguish the blaze.
大连凯旋国际大厦，从下午烧到现在，大约数了一下楼高30层，国内买房别买塔楼 pic.twitter.com/ksb91XzMIu— 浮光掠影 (@YunxiuWangLe) August 27, 2021
A preliminary investigation, published in Chinese media seemingly before the fire has been extinguished, traces the source of the blaze to a single flat. The owner of the flat went to get help after something ignited, but on their return the apartment, it was found to be filled with dense smoke, at which point the authorities were called.Also on rt.com China reaches new milestone: 2 billion vaccines administered in the fight against Covid-19
After the alert was raised, firefighters went floor to floor to check that nobody was injured or trapped. The Kaixuan International Building, which has a distinctive shape with a multi-story middle section connecting two tower blocs, reportedly houses 818 people in 419 flats.
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