Offbeat Video. In China, the impressive images of a skyscraper ravaged by a violent fire

16:10  16 september  2022
16:10  16 september  2022 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Aucun bilan humain n’a pour le moment été publié. Twitter/Frontlinestory © Twitter/Frontlinery No human assessment has yet been published. Twitter/Frontlinery in China, the flames ravaged this Friday a skyscraper from the big city of Changsha in the center of the country. The fire, now off, has hit the building of the telephone operator China Telecom in this city which has 10 million inhabitants. The images broadcast by CCTV public television showed immense and powerful orange flames ravaging a whole side of the building, which has 42 levels on the surface. On videos broadcast on social networks, you can see extremely dense black smoke escaping from the building and passers -by to escape in order to avoid being affected by incandant debris fallen from the sky. "According to a preliminary investigation," the fire "declared himself on an outside wall of the building," said firefighters in the province. "The fire was extinguished and no victim was found," they said, saying that he had received the first appeal to help at 3:48 p.m. (07:48 GMT). "The fire was extinguished around 4:30 pm" and "Communications (telephone) have not been interrupted," said China Telecom, confirming the absence of a victim at the moment. The construction of the skyscraper had been completed in 2000, according to CCTV. This relative modernity of the building could partly explain the absence of a victim at the moment, anti-fire exercises being regularly practiced in the buildings of major cities. However, fatal fires occur regularly in China, where the sometimes lax application of the safety instructions and illegal constructions can complicate the evacuation of a fire building. In June 2021, in the province of Henan, in the center of the country, The fire of a martial arts school had killed 18 , most of the students aged seven to 16.

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