CCTV hotel fire caused by fireworks
BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The blaze that caused
one death and seven injuries at a hotel within the
new China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters complex
in Beijing Monday night was caused by fireworks, the
city's fire control authorities said Tuesday.
CCTV hired staff from a fireworks company to ignite
several hundred large festive firecrackers in an open
space outside the nearly-completed Mandarin Oriental
Hotel, which is part of the iconic CCTV tower complex,
said Luo Yuan, spokesman and deputy chief of Beijing
Fire Control Bureau.
The people who ignited the fireworks are being questioned
by police, he said at a press conference late Tuesday
morning without giving details.
Four camcorders recorded the fireworks display and
the entire ignition process, Luo said.
He said these fireworks were much more powerful
and explosive than what was available at roadside
stalls during the Spring Festival and therefore needed
approval from the municipal government before being
allowed in the downtown areas.
"Owners of the property ignored policemen's
warnings that such fireworks were not allowed,"
Luo said. He said investigation is continuing.
Fire broke out at the 30-storey building at 8:27
p.m. Monday and was put out at 2 a.m.
A 30-year-old fireman died from respiratory tract
injuries at hospital early Tuesday. Beijing Fire Control
Bureau said seven others were injured, including six
firemen and one construction worker.