On Friday, September 16th, a massive fire broke out in China Telecom’s building, a regional office in China’s Hunan Province.
A 218m building, 42-story structure completed in 2000 and is located near a major ring road in Changsha, a city with a population of around 10 million individuals.
Firefighters had to scramble to the scene, which was covered in thick plumes of black smoke. They were able to extinguish the fire within ten minutes.
A video on social media showed hundreds of people running away from the burning structure as it collapsed. Thankfully, no passersby was injured by any debris that fell.
According to an outside observer, a fire started near the China Telecom building site because of an external air conditioning unit.
The staff member who handled the security reports claims that a few of the windows on the front wall have burst and fallen from their moorings.
Chinese Building Fires Are a Problem
Despite fire safety regulations, the country is still notorious for its lack of them. The China Telecom building fire was only one of many, much worse incidents.
Recently, a fire swept through Jilin, China’s northeastern province. According to official government sources, there were at least 15 fatalities and more than 25 injuries.
One month before the school in northern Henan Province suffered a fire that killed 18, people had already been making calls for greater regulation of structures in the country’s active construction and real estate sectors. The following outcry spurred the need to establish better fire safety measures all over China.
As fires continued to rage around Beijing, the city’s migrant neighborhoods suffered tremendously. The authorities have registered 20-dead people in migrant-dominated areas of Beijing in 2017, while a fire that engulfed a 28-story Shanghai apartment building in 2010 claimed 58 lives.
And of course, this past June, Shanghai experienced an explosion of a large chemical plant right outside the door. Such unfortunate news!
Such tragedies can be avoided if the country enforced laws more strictly that oblige builders to include fire safety measures, such as fire escapes, smoke detectors and proper water sprinklers.
About China Telecom
China Telecom Corp. Ltd. is a consumer-oriented company that operates in the country of China, with an emphasis on telecommunications and related industries.
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Mobile voice, handset Internet access, and mobile value-added services (VAS) are the primary sources of business for the company.
While wireless, big cloud services, and interactive voice response are the major components of the company’s wireless and smart family services divisions, fixed-line telephone and wired internet services are a key part of their wireline division.
The company strives to develop its industrial digital business by offering various types of Internet data centers, digital platforms, and dedicated lines for the company’s customers.
Commodity sales relate to the company’s user sales of wireline communication services and mobile terminal services.
Due to a construction fire in the China Telecom building, some customers experienced an outage in connection to the company. No loss of service was reported, but there were several complaints that service was disrupted.