In this photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, spectators watch an apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai on Monday Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Xinhua); via The Big Picture.
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At around 2:15 PM, a fire broke out in an apartment building in Shanghai. Under renovation at the time, the twenty-eight story building quickly allowed the fire to spread to every single floor. According to a Chinese news source, it took around 100 pieces of apparatus from over 25 different stations to control the blaze (after four hours of firefighting, which utilized tactics such as placing hoses on the roofs of neighboring buildings).
Firefighters spray foam and water on the lower portion of an apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai on Monday Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo)
A person waits for rescue in the scaffolding of a burning apartment building in Shanghai on Monday Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Xinhua).
Out of an estimated 150 families located in the building, firefighters were able to rescue approximately one hundred people. The official death toll (as reported by Xinhua) stands at 58.
56 more people are still missing.
A man prays for victims killed in an apartment block blaze, at the entrance of the building, in Shanghai November 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
Rescue workers carry a victim out of a burning building in Shanghai, November 15, 2010. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
People gather to watch an apartment building that was destroyed by fire, while flowers and wreaths are placed around in the downtown area of Shanghai on Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo)
CNN put together an excellent minute-long newsreel, seen on YouTube.
Dave Statter also has a much longer, much more comprehensive video, available here.