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Blaze races through electronics market

By Zhao Wen (Shanghai Daily)

08:34, December 26, 2011

Firefighters show residents at a residential community in Xuhui District how to put out a blaze with a blanket yesterday. Three fires were reported in the city, though no one was injured.

A FIRE broke out in a secondhand IT product market yesterday afternoon in Zhabei District, bringing more than 20 fire engines, several police cars and two large fire ladder trucks to the scene. No injuries were reported, officers said.

The blaze started around 4:15pm in Qiufu Electronics and Appliances Market on Qiujiang Road. Fierce flames were spotted coming from a warehouse on the third floor of the market, with acrid black smoke rising 100 meters into the air.

Witnesses said the flames quickly engulfed the market's lower story and were heading toward residential complexes close to the market when firefighters halted them.

No one was injured but the fire swept over 400 square meters, causing severe damage to the market.

Vendors with stalls there saw their electronic goods destroyed. The fire was extinguished by 5pm.

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