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City boosts ability to fight high-rise fires

THE city is adding fire equipment to 700 old high-rises.

Shanghai fire officials said they will also add 1,500 fire hydrants to residential areas in the old town to improve their ability to fight fires in the area.

Officials said no severe fires were reported in high-rises, underground facilities, subways and chemical industry zones so far this year.

They added that firefighters have responded to more than 3,000 fires so far this year and that 25 people died in those blazes, a 32 percent decrease from last year.

Seniors, children and migrant workers made up more than half of the fatalities, officials said.

They blamed lax management and lack of emergency equipment for fire hazards in residential buildings.

Fire engines were found having problems reaching the upper floors of high-rises, a harsh lesson learned from the inferno that killed 58 people in a residential building on Jiaozhou Road in Jing'an District on November 15, 2010.

The city is also considering building small fire stations in downtown Metro stations, skyscrapers and transport hubs to ensure a faster response to any emergency.

On Sunday, fire stations will be open to the public for Fire Prevention Week.


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