Chinese police on Monday closed
the road which runs through Beijing's sensitive Tiananmen
Square, the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests that were
bloodily suppressed by the government, and evacuated the area
following a fire, a Reuters witness said.
The Communist Party's official People's Daily said on its
website that a car had caught fire. It provided no other
Beijing police, reached by telephone, said they had no
information. The Beijing government, also reached by telephone,
said it did not know what had happened.
The Reuters witness said he saw fire engines, an ambulance
and numerous police cars heading in the direction of the fire,
which sent a plume of black smoke into the sky.