Another day, another building on fire. This time, the victim is the historic Fahai Temple in downtown Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province, built over a thousand years ago in 945. No casualties were reported in the fire, which was put out by a team of 150 firefighters in an hour (armed by the jet-powered water cannon, perhaps?). None of the cultural relics in the temple were said to be burnt, although looking at these pictures, we can’t say we can be sure of that.
Just a few days ago, a 5-star hotel in Shenyang was gutted by fireworks. Across China, almost 6,000 fires were recorded in just the first 32 hours of the Chinese New Year alone. How many more buildings must go down and how many lives lost before they ban fireworks in urban areas?
Photos from Yahoo China.
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