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No worries over air quality after blaze, officials say

OFFICIALS from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau reassured residents yesterday that the deadly fire at a high-rise on Jiaozhou Road on Monday did not seriously affect air quality.

The area around the building suffered seven hours of heavy air pollution before improving to levels found in other districts at about 10pm on Monday, said Wei Huajun, director of the bureau's pollution control department.

"We have a 24-hour automatic air quality monitoring spot about 1 kilometer from the building," Wei said. "We closely monitored changes to the air quality index after the fire."

Officials said a strong wind on Monday helped disperse the smoke.

Air quality in the city was good on Monday. It was excellent, the highest on a five-level scale, yesterday, according to the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.


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