Fire engulf a high-rise apartment building beneath renovation in China's business center of Shanghai on Monday, killing 42 people and sending inhabitants scrambling down scaffolding to escape, city establishment said.
The official Xinhua news organization cited a witness proverb the fire began when building materials had wedged alight. The blaze increase to scaffolding and then to the 28-story apartment block itself, which houses a number of retire teachers, it said.
The government said more than 100 fire trucks were called to fight the blaze, and streams of water could be seen graceful into the building which was shrouded in plumes of thick black smoke. The fire was mainly put out about four hours afterward, it said. Firefighters could be seen taking bodies from the building.