Two days ago, fireworks ignited a blaze that gutted much of a hotel tower in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, the second time in two years that the country’s Lunar New Year tradition of pyrotechnics has claimed a major building.
City officials said there were no casualties in the fire, which broke out shortly after midnight Thursday in Tower B, an apartment building in the three-building Dynasty Wanxin complex in Shenyang. The fire quickly spread to Tower A, a 219-meter (719 feet) tall building that houses a five-star hotel, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Shenyang government said in a statement that the fire was triggered by fireworks that ignited material on the exteriors of the buildings. The statement said the fire was extinguished around 9 a.m. Xinhua said further investigation of the incident was underway.