A massive warehouse fire broke out Thursday in Hefei city, Anhui, just a little over a week after a warehouse in Tianjin filled with dangerous chemicals exploded in one of the worst industrial disasters in China in recent memory.
Sina News reports that the fire in the Hefei warehouse started at around 1 p.m. It soon spread to a nearby express transit station and paint warehouse, destroying more than 700 square meters of the city in the process.
21 fire trucks quickly arrived on the scene and had the blaze under control within an hour. Still, thick plumes of smoke smoldered up from the burning warehouse late into the afternoon, attracting and worrying many spectators.
No injuries have been reported and it is still unclear what was stored at the warehouse or how the fire started. These questions are particularly important considering an investigation published by the New York Times yesterday that explored how dangerously close toxic chemicals are often stored to residences in China.
[Images via Sina & Weibo]