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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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one of the highest buildings in Kazakhstan is in the fire, going down in few moments

what a pity....

around 138 meters..

30.5.2006
i can see it from my window... what a pity

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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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Wow thats awful.
I hope it isnt too bad.

On the bright side, thats a nice pic.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:40 PM   #3
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finished last year
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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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Quote:
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Wow thats awful.
I hope it isnt too bad.

On the bright side, thats a nice pic.
well... its in the whole building is in the fire now....
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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:44 PM   #5
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two days ago...
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Old May 30th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #6
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Old May 30th, 2006, 04:31 PM   #7
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Damn.. what's it like now? I'm guessin there's loads of onlookers & media crew. Thanks for the pics.
This is Almaty right?
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Old May 30th, 2006, 04:37 PM   #8
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Can concrete burn?
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Old May 30th, 2006, 09:06 PM   #9
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ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's tallest building, affectionately known to locals as "the cigarette lighter" due to its shape, lived up to its name on Tuesday when it caught fire.

Flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the top of the 38-storey building which houses the ministries of industry, information and communications in the capital Astana's government quarter.

There were no official reports of injuries and there was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze. Firemen at the scene said all those inside the building had been evacuated.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev moved the capital of his Central Asian state 1,000 km (600 miles) to the north from leafy Almaty to Astana in 1997. Billions of Kazakhstan's oil revenues have been spent on new buildings.



Residents of Astana, a town with howling winds that is scorchingly hot in the summer and suffers subzero temperatures in the winter, have nicknames for many of the new buildings.

A huge residential block on the bank of the Ishem river is called the "Titanic", the economics ministry building is called "The Dollar" and a tower with an egg on top meant to represent the nation's development is called "Lollipop".
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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:12 AM   #10
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Kind of weird that it was finished just last year and has already been torched.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 08:06 AM   #11
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Where can we find Kazakhstan's developments' in this forum?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 08:34 AM   #12
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How is it now?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 02:20 PM   #13
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Where can we find Kazakhstan's developments' in this forum?
You have some threads on Russian forum.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:09 PM   #14
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yesterday evening after the fire












this morning 31/05/06


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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:14 PM   #15
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That's too bad Good thing though no one was killed
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Old May 31st, 2006, 04:04 PM   #16
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That was one mighty fire. The flames just went straight down the back bone of the building. At least there were no fatalities.

PS. Did you see that fireman at the top of the crane! You would never get me that high in a poxy little box with a hose...
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Old May 31st, 2006, 04:25 PM   #17
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Would that be structurally unstable/have to be pulled down?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 07:43 PM   #18
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Yikes....
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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:40 PM   #19
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I'll post a BBC article on this at "In the News"
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really sad..
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