Skyscraper Fire

By Bryan • china, urban planning • 9 Feb 2009


I’ve never seen, except in movies and the time that my building in SimTower caught on fire, a high-rise blaze.

The hotel complex to the side of the main, two-legged leaning structure was engulfed in fire from top to bottom.

The cause of the fire was not confirmed, but local residents said it had been sprayed with fireworks. Monday night is the Lantern Festival, the last night of the Chinese New Year festival and more importantly for many people the last day when fireworks are on sale.

The structure next to the now destroyed Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the brand-spanking new starchitect CCTV headquarters tower.

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