Monday, February 09, 2009

TVCC Building on fire!

Robina and I were leaving a Chap Ngo Meh (15th night of the Chinese New Year 元宵) gathering when we heard that the iconic CCTV building was on fire! On the way back, traffic was diverted away from 3rd Ring Road (CCTV located just on the side) and had to take the 4th Ring. our apartment is quite near the CCTV building. nearing the building, we thought it was reflection of flames on the building (we thought all along that ONE room or something like that was on fire). we spotted people stopping their cars on fly-overs to watch the spectacle and pedestrians running towards the site.

back in our apartment, we headed quickly to the guest room which overlook the CCTV building, we had a clear view of the scene. it was the TVCC part (also designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas) of the CCTV Building complex that was aflame! it was a towering inferno with tongues of flame flicking out and debris falling off.

at the moment, the fire appeared to be under control. the building is smoldering and no more flames bursting out. I bet next year, there will be no more fireworks and fireworks allowed within Beijing city limits any more! Hope everyone had their gunpowder fix this year...


At 1:33 AM, Blogger Sivasothi said...

Gosh the fire was real bad, hope no one got hurt.


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