It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since the massive Jing’an fire on November 15th, 2010, that left 58 dead and over 70 injured.
Though the fire lasted 4 hours, it’s taken almost the entirety of the year for all of the affairs to be settled and all of the sentences to be handed down. Here’s what happened in the aftermath.
- Nov. 24th 2010 – Compensation amounts were released. Families who had a victim die in the fire received 960,000RMB for each victim, the 71 people injured were compensated for their hospital bills, and residents whose homes were damaged were also compensated “according to market prices.”
- March 15th 2011 – 26 people were charged for crimes related to the fire. Among the charged were government officials, welders, construction supervisors and the heads of the construction company itself. Charges include bribery, neglect and illegal contracting.
- August 3rd 2011 – Sentences were handed down to the officials who were charged. No executions here; rather, the highest-profile official “only” got 16 years, which angered some of the victims’ families.
- October 12th 2011 – A city-wide investigation revealed that besides a serious shortage of engineering supervisors in Shanghai, many builders were actually paying off supervisors to turn a blind eye to crucial issues.
The fire also led to the Shanghai government passing strict regulations on the construction industry, and upping the number and frequency of fire inspections.
To all of the victims who lost their lives in the fire, to the families who lost their loved ones, and to those who lost their homes or health — we remember.