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Minhang cultural relic ‘a fire risk’

A LITTLE-known historic building in Minhang District is now in the spotlight after China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said it was a serious fire hazard.

He’s Messuage is the only build­ing in Shanghai on the ministry’s list which includes 33 museums and cultural relic buildings nationwide that have serious fire hazards.

The ministry said the prop­erty has no water supply for fire hydrants, and the electric wire in­stallation is substandard.

He’s Messuage, in the old town of Zhuanqiao, is a two-story wooden quadrangle building with a small courtyard built in the late Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908).

In 2017, liquor merchant Li Xiaoye rented and renovated it.

“Ilike Chinese calligraphy and paintings, so Iused it as my private lounge where friends could hang out,” said Li.

Every Thursday, a folk artist gives lectures on paper-cutting, which is intangible cultural heritage of Zhuanqiao. The lectures are free. The deputy town mayor Shen Wen­ming said all the problems that the ministry had raised in the notice have been fixed.

“We started renovation soon after the inspection and all rectifications were finished before the Spring Fes­tival this year,” he said.

New wires covered with metal tubing were laid and a fire alarm system installed.

The town is now planning to make the building an exhibition hall for rural culture.


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