China: High-rise fire kills 8, injures 90 in Shanghai

November 15, 2010 14:45

SHANGHAI — A fire engulfed a high-rise apartment building under renovation in China's business center of Shanghai on Monday, killing at least eight people, injuring more than 90 and sending some residents scattering down scaffolding to escape.

The fire at the 28-story building, which houses a number of retired teachers, broke out at about 2 p.m. (0600 GMT), the city government and firefighters at the scene said. A witness said building materials caught fire, then spread to scaffolding and then to the building, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.A firefighter told The Associated Press that people were still trapped in the building, but he did not know how many. He would not give his name, as is common with Chinese officials.

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