China battles tower block fire

Fears 12-storey building may collapse as fire fighters tackle massive blaze.

    The fire broke out shortly before the lower-level shopping complex was due to close

    There have not been any reports of deaths or injuries although officials have said there are likely to have been casualties.

     

    "We are trying to put out the blaze. There must be some casualties, but we're still not sure about the number," an unnamed official at the Urumqi Fire Office told the Associated Press.

     

    Guests staying in an adjacent 20-storey hotel were all safely evacuated.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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