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Fire put out in Beijing downtown area, no casualties


19:52, December 15, 2011

Photo taken by cellphone on Dec. 15, 2011 shows smoke out of a shopping mall caught fire in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- No casualties was reported in a fire that broke out near a high-rise complex in Beijing's downtown Xizhimen area Thursday afternoon, local fire fighters said.

The fire at a construction site near the three-tower shopping and office complex named Xihuan Plaza was put out at about 3:34 p.m., 16 minutes after the fire brigade received alarms, according to the Beijing fire brigade.

Witnesses said the fire broke out at about 3:15 p.m.

The shopping center at the complex had people inside evacuated shortly after the fire. By 4:50 p.m., all staff workers from the center returned to their posts.

Heavy smoke, caused by polyfoam, shrouded one of the three towers though the fire was small, according to the fire brigade.

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