Friday, 19 November 2010.
Flammable ‘energy conservation’ foam installed in building caused rapid spread of flames
Kate Devlin, chinaworker.info
A national crackdown on unsafe practises in the construction industry has been announced in the wake of a fatal fire that destroyed a 28-storey residential high-rise in the Jing’an district of Shanghai this past Monday, November 15. The death toll has risen to 58 people, with “more than 40 names” still unaccounted for according to Shanghai’s media. A major cause of the fire was the flammable energy coneservation foam packed into the buildings walls as part of a government ordered pilot scheme to reduce energy usage. Other still occupied buildings in the same district are being upgraded with the same material. Local residents in these buildings were refusing to talk to journalists, very likely on orders from the housing company. Continue reading