A high rise fire in Nanchang in the Eastern Province of China has reportedly killed at least 10 people with many more injured suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.

China’s fire safety record is notoriously poor and it is reported that the fire originated in an area where there were contractors working.

The police are believed to have arrested several workers already.   As can be seen from the film footage the fire has spread rapidly over many floors with dense smoke emitting from several floors.

Flames spreading upwards, likely assisted by wind turbulence from the weather and those naturally created by tall buildings, then continues to envelop other levels.  As discovered in the Middle East following several high profile high-rise fires, it is likely that the fire spread may also have  been assisted by surface finishes and cladding that were not flame retardant.

 

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