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Building on fire in downtown Beijing


08:45, February 07, 2012

Smokes rise from the site where a fire broke out in Gongzhufen, Haidian District in western Beijing, China, Feb. 6, 2012. A fierce blaze engulfed a building near a bus stop in Gongzhufen, disrupting traffic in the region, fire fighters and witnesses said on Monday. (Xinhua/Wang Zhen)

BEIJING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- A building in downtown of China's capital caught on fire late Monday afternoon, fire fighters said.

A fierce blaze engulfed the building near a bus stop in Gongzhufen, Haidian District in western Beijing, disrupting traffic in the region, fire fighters and witnesses said.

The fire, about which firefighters said they were informed at 6:14 p.m.,was put out later after 15 fire trucks were dispatched to fight the blaze, said an official with the city's fire department.

No casualties have been reported so far, said the official.

It is yet unknown how the fire started.

Witnesses posted photos of the afire building on Weibo, the popular twitter-like microblogging website, which showed the fire consuming the roof of a four-floor building.


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