February 9th, 2009


NYT article on major building fire in Beijing

I hope they follow up on this story with further details on the fire. It seems odd (some might say suspicious) that a modern building would be so entirely consumed by fire so quickly. Maybe the fire suppression systems were not fully operational. I'd be curious to know. Given the steady stream of news on shoddy construction & tainted products, it could also be some building inspector was taking a kickback and those systems were not properly installed, etc. Hopefully, nobody died in the fire, but the story notes it appears workers were in the building. That is really sad if true.