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China: Inferno engulfs huge skyscraper with terrified victims ‘trapped inside’

China: Inferno engulfs huge skyscraper with terrified victims 'trapped inside'

A fire has broken out in a skyscraper in China, with the odds of survival “slim”, according to state media.

The blaze, in the central city of Changsha, broke out this afternoon (September 16).

Videos posted to social media showed the outside of the more than 200m building was charred black and smoke was billowing out of the colossal tower’s many storeys.

“Thick smoke is spewing from the site, and several dozen floors are burning ferociously,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.

“Firefighters have begun work to extinguish the flames and conduct rescues at the scene.”

The fire has since been put out, according to Chinese-state affiliated media People’s Daily app, but the number of casualties, if any, is not yet known.

Twitter users were quick to react to the shocking fire.

“Just received this from my friends in Changsha. Huge fire over there,” one wrote.

“Crazy facade fire in Changsha, China,” a second chimed in, adding a video of the horror blaze.

It is thought there were people trapped in the building, which reportedly houses the offices of state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom, according to reports.

The colossal company employed more than 270,000 people in 2021, with upwards of 362.4 million subscribers as of June of last year.

Changsha is a major city and the capital of the Hunan province in central China, boasting a population of around 10 million people.

The news comes following reports of a major fire at a nickel refinery in Russia just two days ago (September 14).

The flames reportedly broke out on Wednesday morning, with reports by Russian news agency Interfax, claiming that fire crews put out the blaze at Kola MMC plant, owned by Norilsk Nickel, in Monchegorsk in the Murmansk region.

Reports of the fire emerged at 10am local time, with fire crews managing to get the fire under control.

No casualties were reported, but the refinery’s work was put on hold following the incident.

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