An enormous fire in a Shanghai 28-storey high-rise yesterday has left 42 dead and over 90 injured. It looks eerily like the 9/11 Twin Towers disaster, doesn't it? But this was apparently caused by the scaffolding material shrouding the building (for refurbishment) catching fire and spreading rapidly. Horrific. I've often wondered what I'd do if there was a fire in my apartment, with metal bars on all the windows. They are good for preventing burglars getting in, but equally good at stopping people getting out in an emergency.
18/11/2010 07:48:08 am
I had the same feeling, about the window bars. We had ours fitted because there were absolutely no safety catches or even adequated locks/latches on our windows and Edie was only 2 when we moved into the flat. Not very safe. We made sure that one window had no bars - the bathroom - and I ran prepared an escape, using sheets to lower us onto the roof below. Fortunately we never needed to put it into action.
27/11/2010 11:45:22 am
Wow looks like 9/11 pic
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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