High-rise fire has me wondering

At least eight people were killed and more than 90 injured when fire engulfed a high-rise building under renovation in Shanghai, which is China’s business center, according to a story on Comcast news. Some residents went racing down scaffolding to escape.

Apparently, building materials caught fire, and the blaze spread to the scaffolding and then to the 28-story building, which houses a number of retired teachers, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

More than 80 fire trucks battled the blaze and streams of water could be seen flowing into the gutted building. The fire took about six hours to extinguish, and firefighters could be seen taking bodies from the building, the story said.

The city government said in a statement that 100 people were rescued, but it was not clear if that included the 90 people injured. A doctor at Shanghai’s Jing’an Hospital said more than 20 seriously- hurt people were admitted for treatment.

The state-run news Web site Eastday.com cited a construction worker who escaped from the 28th story as saying crews were installing energy-saving insulation when the fire occurred.

Makes you wonder what sort of toxic substances those building materials and “energy-saving” insulation were made of, doesn’t it?

I can’t help but be reminded of the tainted Chinese drywall being sold after Hurricane Katrina, which had volatile chemicals emitting from it.

Read the story here: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20101115/AS.China.Fire/

By Felicia Dechter

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