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Old February 10th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #1921
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Official: CCTV itself responsible for Monday's massive fire

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www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-10 15:02:58

BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- China Central Television (CCTV) itself was responsible for Monday night's massive fire that caused one death and seven injuries in its new headquarters complex in eastern Beijing, the city's fire control authorities said Tuesday.

CCTV hired staff from a fireworks company to ignite several hundred large festive firecrackers in an open space outside one of its nearly-completed buildings, said Luo Yuan, spokesman and deputy chief of Beijing Fire Control Bureau.

The 30-storey building, about 200 meters from the iconic CCTV tower, houses the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a television studio and an electronic data processing center.

The people who ignited the fireworks are being questioned by police, Luo said at a press conference late Tuesday morning. He said the fireworks company was based in the central province of Hunan, but did not give details.

He said the fireworks they set off were much more powerful and explosive than what was available at roadside stalls during the Spring Festival and therefore needed approval from the municipal government before being allowed in the downtown areas.

Policemen on patrol interfered when the explosives were set off, but CCTV ignored their warnings, said Luo. "We have videos of the scene and remnants of the fireworks, which will serve as strong evidence in the investigation."

CCTV's four camcorders recorded the fireworks display and the entire ignition process, he said.

A man, who claimed to be former employee of Beijing Urban Construction Group, said he saw people on watch on top of CCTV's main tower with a hose when the firecrackers were set off.

"But I didn't see any on guard on top of the building that caught fire," he told Xinhua reporters at the fire site Monday night.

Beijing Urban Construction Group is prime contractor for the building that caught fire, while the iconic main tower, which many locals jokingly called "the giant shorts", was contracted to another company.

Both buildings were designed by the Rotterdam-based OMA. Total investment is about 5 billion yuan (714 million U.S. dollars).

The fire broke out at 8:27 p.m. Monday and was put out at 2 a.m.

Xinhua reporters saw about 80 percent of the building had been charred by Tuesday morning. No sign of damage was seen on the CCTV main tower. It is not immediately known whether the fire would postpone the official inauguration of the new CCTV tower, originally slated for October.

About 600 firemen worked to put out the fire. One of them, Zhang Jianyong from the northeastern Liaoning Province, died from respiratory tract injuries at hospital early Tuesday. He was to celebrate his 30th birthday in two weeks.

Beijing Fire Control Bureau said seven others were injured, including six firemen and one construction worker.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #1922
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It seems the frame is still usable, maybe needs reinforcement.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 09:58 AM   #1923
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Seems it experienced another fire already.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:43 AM   #1924
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It looks like one of the towers in Lord of the Rings. Totally a sad day for us enthusiasts. It's a good thing the main building was not affected. They are probably trying to add more fire preventives on that now. It's amazing how the fire goes up really fast.

Anyway, I'm hoping they will rebuild this with the same design or better design next time.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #1925
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:29 PM   #1926
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OMG!! Thats so awful. I was in Beijing last September and that is the only building I didn't get chance to look at properly. Its such a shame because there's so many awesome buildings going up in Beijing at the minute, but the CCTV tower was so beautiful and unique.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #1927
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terrible news, one firemen dead and the building almost destroyed...
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #1928
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Wouldn't tearing down this buildling destabilize the foundation of CCTV?
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #1929
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No horrible news you bring ina555.!!! is anybody hurt? That was my favorite scraper of the recently build in Beijing. Man that sucks. Diden't it have a modern fire extinguisher system? becuase it dosen't look just like some smoke, is freaking really on fire, looks like a torch thats been dip on gasoline, it likes makes you wonder are there any firefigther trying to put it out? Some of the pics look like it got it by napal bombs. Reminds my of windsor tower in Madrid it dident survive either.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #1930
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then the CCTV head has to be thrown from position. I don't really like the TVCC but to get rid of it this way is just horrible.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #1931
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Considering the huge atrium in the building, understandable that the fire spreaded so quickly, somehow this building was a big chimney !
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #1932
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from the media, the whole structure is still OK. I guess all the cladding need to re-do. so in the next 2 years, we'll have one more building to watch ijn Beijing.

The cladding design may change from the original because of this disaster. If they use glass for all the cladding this building may look better imo.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:32 PM   #1933
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some TVCC update from beijingupdates.com

















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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #1934
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Old February 10th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #1935
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that's terrible i hope they can rebuild it and make it nice again its really a shame that a unique building going up in flames i think it will take at least 2/3 years to rebuild it now at least the cctv tower didn't get on fire
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On the TVCC Building, several windows were blown out and the outer skin is beyond repair. Whoever did this may have did over $500,000,000 in property damage to this building. It s not replaceable. The use of fireworks in Beijing and all major Chinese cities should be prohibited. And it is gonna take up to 5 years to repair the damage.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #1937
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"My guess is, they made a mistake with the material used on the skin cladding. The zinc titanium alloy has a low melting (400 degrees C) and boiling point (900 degrees C). Due the fireworks which can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees C and more, the zinc melted, started to boil and once it boils Zinc burns. I believe that is why it seems like the fire has something fueling it. A big and costly mistake."
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Old February 10th, 2009, 04:36 PM   #1938
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The use of fireworks in Beijing and all major Chinese cities should be prohibited.
Better stop building skyscrapers then
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Old February 10th, 2009, 05:00 PM   #1940
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OK! No collapse oefff after such a heavy fire the building still stands. The building must be allover reclad again. I could have been more worse than this now.
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