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Residents start moving back into high-rises adjacent to burnt building

RESIDENTS who live in the two high-rises next to the 28-story building that burned down in an inferno on November 15 in Jing'an District are moving back home today.
After the fire, which claimed 58 lives, on Jiaozhou Road, more than 300 families in the two buildings were given temporary accommodation in hotels as a safety precaution.
The district government has completed safety inspections of firefighting facilities, elevators and the structures of both apartment buildings. Construction authorities have concluded that the two high-rises were not damaged by the fire and have been judged safe in terms of structure and earthquake resistance.
When the accident occurred, all three buildings were being covered with polyurethane foam, a flammable material used for insulation. The foam was blamed for the quick spread of the fire, which was first ignited by sparks from welding.
The polyurethane foam has been removed from the two apartment towers.
An underground parking lot has also been repaired and a garbage dump has been built.
According to the Jing'an government, more renovations will be done on the two buildings once approval is received. They declined to reveal details.


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