Well this is terrifying. A fire that broke out in an illegal warehouse built under the elevated railway engulfed the noise barrier of the aboveground section of Beijing subway line 13.
The fire reportedly broke out at around 8:00 p.m. yesterday as thick grey smoke was seen quickly flowing skyward from the warehouse beneath the elevated railway linking up Xizhimen Station and Dazhongsi Station. Firemen rushed to the site and extinguished the fire at 8:26 pm.
The cover and noise shields on both sides of the railway were severely burnt and collapsed due to the fire. No casualties were found.
It was reported by People’s Daily that the warehouse was filled with large bottles of water and drinks along with burnt books and magazines.
The subway service of line 13 was suspended, while the Zhichunlu to Dongzhimen section continued. Workers are checking the possibility of resuming the services.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
[Images Via People Daily]
By Jennifer Hui