At least eight killed, 90 injured in high-rise building fire in downtown Shanghai

19:51, November 15, 2010      

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A trapped person waits for rescue on the apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai, east China, Nov. 15, 2010. A 30-storied apartment building caught fire on Monday afternoon. As of 3:30 p.m., Firefighters are extinguishing the blaze, and casualties and cause of the accident are under investigation. (Xinhua)
At least eight people were killed and more than 90 injured as of 5:30 p.m. Monday after a high-rise apartment building caught fire in Shanghai, local authorities said at a press conference.

The 28-story building at the intersection of Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road in Jing'an District was being renovated when it caught fire at about 2:00 p.m..

Witnesses said the scaffold initially caught fire, with the blaze then quickly spreading to the building.

It is a residential building for teachers, many of whom have already retired from work, said a report on, the website of a Shanghai local newspaper.

A total of 25 fire brigades and 61 fire engines have been dispatched to extinguish the blaze.

At least three helicopters are hovering over the burning building, trying to rescue some residents calling for help on the roof, but the efforts were hampered by the thick smoke.

So far, more than 100 residents have been rescued from the burning building. The injured have been sent to nearby hospitals for treatment.

A total of 156 households are living in the building, according to the press conference.

The cause of the fire is so far unknown, but a witness said he saw some construction materials caught fire first and then the fire climbed up onto the scaffold.

Source: Xinhua
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