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Firecrackers blamed for hotel fire near Beijing´s new CCTV headquarters, seven injured


Source: Xinhua | 02-10-2009 07:59

BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A hotel adjacent to the new China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters in Beijing caught fire Monday night.

The photo taken on Feb. 9, 2009 shows the ablaze north wing building of the new CCTV (China Central Television) headquarters in Beijing, capital of China. A fire broke out on Monday night at the building, namely Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is about hundreds of meters away from the new CCTV main tower in east Beijing. (Xinhua/Li Wen)
The photo taken on Feb. 9, 2009 shows the ablaze 
north wing building of the new CCTV (China Central 
Television) headquarters in Beijing, capital of 
China. A fire broke out on Monday night at the 
building, namely Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which 
is about hundreds of meters away from the new 
CCTV main tower in east Beijing. (Xinhua/Li Wen)

As of 0:45 a.m. Tuesday, the fire has been under control, but blaze could still be seen on upper floors, witnesses said.

Seven people injured in the fire were rushed to the Beijing Chaoyang Hospital. Six of the seven injured are firefighters and the other is a CCTV worker. As of 0:30, three of them have been in coma. But doctors said the seven were not life threatening.