A fire that broke out at a shopping mall in downtown Beijing raged on for about 71 hours before firefighters were finally able to extinguish it. A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze because he was “looking for something fun to do,” according to local reports.
Fortunately, there were no causalities in the fire, which started spreading at around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning at the Bairong Shimao Shopping Center in Beijing’s Dongcheng district and finally died down by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. A total of 850 firefighters and 165 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene to combat the flames, CRI reports.
Initial estimates show that the burned area extends to around 2,800 square meters, although the building’s major structure is still intact.
A 16-year-old employee at the mall was arrested on Thursday in connection with the fire, the Beijing Public Security Bureau said. It’s believed that he started the blaze by igniting a carton inside the warehouse of the mall because he was “looking for something fun to do”.
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