After the fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, sparked China’s “White Paper Revolution,” another fire was reported at an apartment in Xi’an city, Shaanxi province, on the afternoon of December 1.
Sina reported, that the Xi’an Fire Brigade said that they received information of smoke coming from the upper floors of the Fengming Residence in Weiyang District at 1:21 p.m. (local time) and firefighters arrived at the scene 11 minutes later. Because the fire started in the lobby, hallways and stairs on the 1st floor, in building 6, were thick with smoke and spread to the upper floors.
By 2 p.m., the fire had been extinguished and the rescue team checked each floor, each apartment, and evacuated residents. After the fire was extinguished, reports said of the 8 people who had been trapped 5 people died. Earlier, state media had reported that several people were injured, but details are still coming in. Cause of the fire is being investigated. According to news on the internet, the fire was very large and started from the bottom of the building. Many residents could not get out, they could only climb out the windows.
Foreign media reported that, after the fire started, some residents climbed out of the windows and waited to be rescued. Locals also said that residents on upper floors could not get downstairs so they had to find a way to escape.
According to Sound of Hope, locals said that an electric car parked on the first floor caught fire and started the blaze.
Images posted by netizens showed the fire in an apartment on the first floor. Immediately after, thick smoke came out of many windows on the upper floors. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire on the first floor, but smoke still billowed from windows higher up.
A photo shared by a netizen shows a family of three living on one of the upper floors, covered in black smoke, climbing out a window, waiting to be rescued.
Another video shows that the entire building engulfed in thick smoke, residents have no way out, many residents had to climb out windows, very dangerous.