The Mandarin Oriental on fire, situated about 200 metres from the CCTV tower
But instead China’s Central TV station or CCTV caused the news.
CCTV, China's largest TV station was blamed for causing one of the biggest fire ever seen in Beijing, last monday.
It all started when a staff of the TV station hired a fireworks company for a fireworks show outside CCTV iconic new headquarters in Beijing.
But the show went awfully wrong – it caused a huge fire and destroyed a nearby building, the nearly completed Mandarin Oriental Hotel which is part of the iconic CCTV tower complex.
As a result, the 241 rooms, 30 storeys and 159 metres high Mandarin Oriental Hotel is now history.
A firefighter was reportedly killed while fighting the blaze.
Luckily the there were no guests at the Mandarin Oriental as the hotel was not yet opened.
The story here. (source China Daily & Xinhua)
CCTV apologizes for great loss caused by lethal blaze
BEIJING -- China Central Television (CCTV) on Tuesday apologized for a massive fire that engulfed part of its new headquarters in the eastern central business district of the capital.
The fire broke out on Monday evening, and one firefighter was killed tackling the blaze and seven other people were injured.
In a statement on its website www.cctv.com, the broadcaster said it "feels sorrowful for the great loss that the fire inflicted on national assets. CCTV sincerely apologizes for the traffic congestion and inconvenience that affect residents nearby."
"CCTV will do everything possible to cooperate with relevant departments in dealing with aftermath of the fire," the statement said.
The fireworks company ignited several hundred large festive firecrackers in an open space outside one of its nearly-completed buildings, said Luo Yuan, spokesman and deputy chief of Beijing Fire Control Bureau.
4 camcorders recorded the fireworks display and the entire ignition process.
The 30-storey building, about 200 meters from the iconic CCTV main tower, houses the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a television studio and an electronic data processing center.
The building was used during the Olympic Games, but the companies moved out afterwards," said a CCTV staff member surnamed Chen, adding that he didn't know whether there were still people in the building.
Firefighting was hampered by height of the building, as water from the hoses could at most reach 40 meters high.