On September 16, A 715 feet (218 m) tall skyscraper in Changsha, China, caught fire. Some commented that improvements in China’s firefighting capabilities have not kept up with the speed of building taller buildings.

A mainland Sina website commented that the fire in Changsha had revealed another truth. Changsha Fire Department’s fire fighting ability at China Telecom Building in Changsha was limited by the vertical height of the Water Dragon—it could only reach about 920 feet (280 m).

However, many people ask why nothing could be done in the face of the recent fire, causing the building to burn down. Is the technology and means of fire fighting not more advanced after many years?

In addition, fire rescue of super high-rise buildings has always been a global problem. The working height of fire trucks is generally only about 330 feet (100 m), and they are powerless when dealing with a fire at higher levels. Drone firefighting is also useless in the face of unexpected fires and billowing smoke at the scene.

Agence France-Presse pointed out that China’s lax enforcement of safety regulations and illegal construction can make it difficult to evacuate people from burning buildings.

In June 2021, a martial arts school in Henan burned down, killing 18 people, most of them students between the ages of 7 and 16. The school building had failed mandatory safety inspections. This fire caused the community to call for higher fire safety standards.

In 2017, two fires broke out in Beijing’s community of migrant workers, killing more than 19 people.
In 2010, a fire broke out in a 28-story residential building in Shanghai, killing 58 people.

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