Alarms ring on Fire Control Day
There were 239 fires reported in high-rises in the city so far this year, an
increase of 50.3 percent from the same period last year, the Shanghai Fire
Control Bureau announced yesterday.
So far this year, 19 people, including 17
who were elderly or minors, have been killed by fires in Shanghai, the bureau
Officials say the city needs to do much more to improve its fire
An unusually large number of fire alarms sounded in the
city yesterday, which was the 14th national Fire Control Day. While most of the
alarms were part of fire drills, a couple of them were for real
Officials believe a blaze at the Shanghai Chemical
Reagent Plant early yesterday morning was caused by a thief.
"He might have
discarded a cigar butt onto a pile of plastic bags and thus triggered off the
fire," a plant official said.
She said no one was injured and the blaze was
extinguished soon after firemen reached the factory located on Daduhe Road in
At around 1:15pm, another fire broke out on a construction
site on Hanyang Road in Hongkou District.
The cause of the blaze is still
unknown, but firemen from the Hongkou Fire Control Brigade confirmed that there
was no casualties.
Local firemen in Xuhui District held a fire control drill
in a large furnishing store on Longwu Road yesterday. The drill started with a
fire in the B&Q Furnishing Market at around 9am. Dozens of firemen from the
Meilong Fire Control Brigade soon arrived at the store.
Several fire engines
were also dispatched to the scene, and the fire was brought under control in a
Another drill was held at Three On The Bund, a comprehensive
seven-floor business complex on Zhongshan Road E1, yesterday afternoon.
drill started at 2:30pm when smoke bombs were set off on a sightseeing platform
to simulate a fire in the top-floor restaurant.
Most staff and customers
rushed to the fire escapes to leave while fire fighters erected an automatic
aerial ladder to rescue four people who were stuck on a balcony. The drill took
about 20 minutes to finish.