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Fire rages at Beijing luxury hotel after fireworks

Raw video:February 09/09:BEIJING,Last day of Chinese NY. Massive fire took place at Central Business District in Beijing, next to new CCTV headquarters building.

An unfinished luxury hotel, next door to China Central Television's landmark headquarters in downtown Beijing, went up in flames Monday just after being showered with sparks from fireworks set off during a holiday celebration.

There were no reports of deaths or injuries resulting from the fire.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel caught fire sometime before 9 p.m. (1300 GMT) as the skies above the Chinese capital were filled with exploding fireworks — part of celebrations of the lantern festival that follows the Lunar New Year.

The entire hotel building was engulfed in flames, sending off huge plumes of black smoke and showering the ground below with embers. At least seven fire crews were on the scene and police held back crowds of onlookers and closed a nearby elevated highway to ensure safety.

Li Jian said he saw smoke arising from the 44-story hotel's roof shortly after a huge burst of fireworks showered it with sparks, though it was not clear if they started the fire.

"Smoke came out for a little while but then it just started burning," Li said.

Calls to the Beijing fire service were answered by people who confirmed the fire but said they were unable to release any details.

The hotel, due to open this year, lies on the northern edge of a complex that also includes CCTV's imposing Z-shaped headquarters, a major prestige project for the city. The Mandarin Oriental was due to be one of Beijing's most luxurious hotels, with 241 guest rooms.

Both buildings were designed by Rotterdam, Netherlands, architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren for the firm OMA. Both were nearing the end of construction. Along with Mandarin Oriental, the hotel building was to have housed a visitors center, a theater and exhibition spaces.

Beijing usually tightly restricts the use of fireworks in the downtown area, but waives the rules each year during the Lunar New Year holiday. Monday, the final day of the exemption period, marked the first full moon since the Lunar New Year, and massive fireworks barrages exploded between buildings and in open spaces throughout the city.

Erik Amir a senior architect at building designers OMA said the fire had destroyed years of hard work.

"It really has been a rough six-seven years for architects who worked on this project," said Amir, who rushed to the site after hearing of the fire.

"I think it's really sad that this building is destroyed before it can be opened to the public," he said.

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  • Is it made of wood?

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  • damn the chinese have way better steel than the usa lol

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  • The rooms will be cheap after that!

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  • I once saw a video on liveleak where someone got into a car accident and survived.

    Since that person lived, this proves that everyone who died in other so called "car accidents" were actually the victims of CIA hit jobs.

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  • Shouldnt the beams "soften" by now and cause this buidling to collapse??

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    • Yes, because they built it using the same plans as the wtc.

      So it was a conspiracy after all!!!

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    • ummm, there also wasn't jet fuel behind this fire. Oh, and an objext traveling at 400 mph didn't slam into it. You see one online film put together by a 20-year-old college student and suddenly there is a huge government coverup involving thousands of people....what a moron.

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  • haha dont let bush see this.

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    • ummm, there also wasn't jet fuel behind this fire. Oh, and an objext traveling at 400 mph didn't slam into it. You see one online film put together by a 20-year-old college student and suddenly there is a huge government coverup involving thousands of people....what a moron.

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  • So Building 7 collapses after some small scattered fires, but this entire skyscraper is engulfed and still stands. It's time for a real investigation into 9/11.

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  • Holy fuck! This looks so unreal. Kinda reminds me of "Cloverfield".

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  • OMG..what the heck is it made of?

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  • Man the Chinese really outdo us in celebrations. That beautiful flaming torch must have cost a lot!

    PS: The planes slamming into the towers ripped the protective thermal covering off large sections. A simple fire doesn't do that. Plus the towers were made long ago, this building is brand new, and I'm sure they heard of what happened here. I imagine they reviewed their fire safety before building it.

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  • For those comparing this indecent to 911, get a fsking life. For starters this building is almost empty so it has only a fraction of the inflammables as the WTC has and also there is a lack of a few thousand gallons of av-gas from the jet in this case to also think off.

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  • The olympic flame continues burning in china

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  • just what Beijing needs...more smoke...

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  • Still they think fireworks are good luck.


    ...

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  • wow...here is the biggest proof that 911 was a hoax,,,the whole building is on fire and yet it didnt fall!!!! thank you god

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    • ummm, there also wasn't jet fuel behind this fire. Oh, and an objext traveling at 400 mph didn't slam into it. You see one online film put together by a 20-year-old college student and suddenly there is a huge government coverup involving thousands of people....what a moron.

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    • tower 7 was NOT hit by a plane.
      NIST claims that it failed due to fire and fire only.

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    • Ummm, well if I remember the videos correctly, there was a huge gash in the front of the building from the tower collapse. There was also some large fuel storage in the building. I remember seeing the building designer on TV saying that the main support beams were in the center of the building and impacted by the tower collapse.

      did the bush administration knowingly let impending attacks take place? probably. But were the buildings imploded in a huge government conspiracy involving thousands More..

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    • how about you take some time to actually read NIST report about the wtc7 collapse.

      they explicitly deny that the damage obtained from the collapse of towers 1 and 2 had anything to do with the collapse of tower 7.
      they also explicitly deny that the fuel tanks played a role in the collapse.
      the official government report claims the building fell from an office fire and office fire only due to what they call "thermal expansion"


      the american government carries out black ops, suc More..

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    • You're missing 1 small detail ;)
      News reporters on the scene and logged radio communications from the firefighters ( not conspiracy theorists, firefighters just doing the job they were trained - to save lives ) reporting explosions going off inside the building during their rescue attempts. That and the WTC architects all went on record saying it would take more than a plane and fuel to bring it down - plenty of videos online of planes hitting high-rise buildings which burnt for hours, sometime More..

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  • fire works have only 1 known enemy,the chineese....

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  • How the hell does it burn like that? The whole building is burning like a torch. My guess is that's because it lack fire doors and doors since it's not finished and the fire spreads quick. If that's true it shows how important it is with good doors for security.

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  • Holy shit, thats nuts.

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  • Happy New Year!

    That is nasty....

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  • Good use of fire resistant materials guys...

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  • The stupid asians use Bamboofor scaffolding i bet that's y the whole building went up in flames like that

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  • At 2:31 you can see fireworks still going off to the left of the screen. Aren't the burning embers from the building enough excitement for one night?

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  • http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html?page=2

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  • its burning like a match, how come all the floors caught fire, wasnt there a sprinkles system or other fire safety?

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  • Mental note: do not set off fireworks after painting skyscraper with a flammable substance

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