China’s tallest building is engulfed in flames; no deaths reported.

David Smith
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These days, countless unpleasant movies are circulating on social networking platforms, and these videos nearly always lead to something catastrophic. A big fire broke out at a skyscraper in Changsha, China, leaving nearly everyone in shock. Yes, you heard correctly; the entire structure is engulfed in flames because the fire was that fierce and violent. A video of the incident was recently uploaded to social media by a local who would have witnessed the tragedy. Below, you will find all the relevant information.

On Friday, a fire broke out in a 42-story structure in Changsha, central China, with no known casualties.

Photos and videos from the 10-million-person city depict orange flames and a dense cloud of black smoke billowing from the structure. CCTV said that China Telecom, one of the country’s top telecoms businesses, has offices in the building.

Friday around 4:30 p.m., China Telecom said through Weibo that the fire was extinguished.

“In order to prevent grave danger, some building equipment has been turned off,” said another message. “At this time, fixed-line communication and mobile internet service are accessible as usual, however the voice function on some mobile phones may be compromised. This is being addressed immediately.”

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According to the AFP, accidental fires are widespread in China, where building rules are poorly enforced and development is frequently conducted without authority.

According to the AFP and official media, a warehouse fire in the northeastern province of Jilin killed at least 15 people and injured at least 25 in July of last year. In June of the same year, a fire at a martial arts school in Henan province claimed the lives of 18 people, the majority of them were youngsters.

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