Beijing: A massive fire broke out in a 42-storey skyscraper in Changsha in central China on Friday. In images and videos that went viral on social media, huge flames and clouds of dark black smoke could be seen rising from the building, which belongs to the country’s largest telecom operator.
Dozens of floors of the China Telecom building in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, were engulfed in the blaze. At least 280 firefighters were pressed into service by the city’s fire department to quickly extinguish the blaze on the 218-metre (720-foot) building.
No casualties were reported, according to China Telecom’s statement on the incident. While it said there was no disruption to cellphone service, social media users complained of being unable to use their phones.
Videos of the blaze showed one side of the building scorched black, with debris falling to the ground. Other videos from local media showed workers inside managing to evacuate the building.
There was no immediate information on the cause of the blaze.
(With PTI inputs)