Blaze is seen at a building
in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province,
Feb. 3, 2011.
Initial investigation shows the fire
was caused by fireworks while people were celebrating
the Lunar New Year. The fire is currently under control
with no casualty reported yet.
Fire gutted Thursday a five-star hotel in Shenyang,
capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, and
no casualties had been found, local officials said.
The fire broke out at 0:13 a.m. at Tower B, an apartment
building of the Dynasty Wanxin building complex, and
the flames quickly spread to the adjacent Tower A,
which is largely a five-star hotel.
All the 50-odd people in the hotel were evacuated.
No casualties are found.
The fire was effectively controlled, Shenyang Municipal
Public Security Bureau officials told Xinhua at 4:35
Police said the fire was triggered by fireworks,
which accidentally sparked off the external wall of
the buildings. Further investigation into the cause
and losses of the fire is still underway.
Fire engines, whose water guns could jet water only
50 meters high, were helpless at the fire which flamed
on the top of Tower A, 219 meters high.
Power supply in the hotel was not cut off, which
was said to keep the automatic spray facilities in
operation in the building.
Personnel from adjacent five-star Sheraton Shenyang
Lido Hotel were evacuated, and residents around the
Dynasty Wanxin building mainly stayed at home