Youku has created a site covering Monday’s fire and the aftermath. Unfortunately, the site appears to have become more like an official media mouthpiece: the only videos being uploaded to the page are either news broadcasts or home videos from a distance, most of them simply reshuffling the same footage. We found that almost any Youku video uploaded by eye witnesses has been removed (when searching for ‘Shanghai Fire’ – 上海大火 – all top results failed to load properly.) Anyway, here are a few clips covering different angles of the day:
Aerial footage of the fire at the moment when it nearly spread to the rooftop of a neighboring building (00:30) but was put out with fire extinguishers:Here’s a video covering the days events with a (brief) clip of a harrowing rescue of one of the people hanging from the scaffolding on the building (1:57):We were told by eye witnesses that helicopters tried three times to pick up people from the roof but were forced to turn back because of the smoke. We’ve been unable to find any footage of the attempted rescue, as most clips have been removed.
Here’s a video from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily (Youtube only unfortunately.) They offer a few different angles on the tragedy and the only close-up clip we’ve seen (however brief) of those waiting on the scaffolding to be rescued (00:19):
This last clip is the longest and only worth posting because they seem to have caught the fire from its beginnings. You can’t even hear sirens until about minute five. Going by the footage, it appears the fire started on the lower floors of the north side of the building:
Find continuing Shanghaiist coverage of the fire