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Burnt building walled off to avoid falling risks

WALLS have been erected on two roads surrounding the 28-floor building that was damaged by a fire last Monday in downtown Jing'an District as workers prepare to remove loose exterior wall flakes from the gutted building.

Authorities created narrow passages on Yuyao Road and Jiaozhou Road for mopeds and bikes. The roads are still off-limits to automobiles.

Passers-by can hardly see what's going on behind the walls which are more than two meters high.

Locals have heaped piles of flowers around the building. Mourners continue to bring flowers but they can only place them under the walls at a distance from the building. There are fewer onlookers today.

Zhang Renliang, governor of Jing'an District, warned at a news conference yesterday that moaners should be careful as the building's scaffoldings and damaged windows may fall down.

For safety reason, the nearby roads are partly condoned off as workers will soon conduct reconstruction work, Zhang said.

Safety checks will also be conducted on the building and the two neighboring buildings, the city officials said.

Meanwhile, consulting service started yesterday with some affected residents coming to learn the details of the city's compensation plan and the evaluation of their lost properties.

The November 15 high-rise inferno killed 58 people and injured 71 others. Only one of the dead has not yet been identified.


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