A huge fire has broken out at a building (possibly JIA Hotel) on Wujiang Road, with six storeys of balconies up in flames. Eye witnesses in the neighbourhood report on Sina Weibo that a gas leak may have caused the explosion, and the entire area now reeks of gas.
UPDATE 1, 7.55pm: That was quick. Apparently the fire has already been put out.
UPDATE 2, 8.09pm: Oriental Morning Post says the exact location of the fire is on Taixing/Nanjing West Roads. Road works accidentally cut through a gas pipe, causing the explosion. The fire department managed to get on site within ten minutes and quickly put the fire under control.
UPDATE 3, 8.25pm: Another picture of the aftermath here.
UPDATE 4, 8.36pm: A video of the fire after the jump…
UPDATE 5, 8.45pm: Pictures of fire rescue efforts here.
UPDATE 6, 8.46pm: It’s confirmed. The building that was on fire is JIA Hotel Shanghai.
UPDATE 7, 9.39pm: JIA Hotel informs us: “everyone safe,the fire was caused by work being done by the government on a gas main that ruptured,the fire was on the facade”