UPDATE (June 1, 2019 3.52pm CST): According to a Weibo post by the Shenzhen Fire Department at 1.43pm CST, no one has been found injured at the scene and the fire has been extinguished. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
This morning at around 11am a large fire broke out at a building off Wanghai Lu in Shenzhen’s Shekou area. According to multiple reports, a section of Wanghai Lu has been closed while firefighters work to extinguish the flames.
Screengrab via Weibo
Thick clouds of black smoke were seen billowing from the seaside structure while over 10 fire trucks have already arrived on the scene to control the flames.
One local restaurant owner in the area told That’s at around 11.20am he saw fire trucks arriving on the scene. When asked about the thick smoke in the area, he told us the smell of burnt plastic is “very strong down in that area and you can even smell it over in the Xi You Ji (Journey West) complex.” The fire-damaged building is located next to a gas station, as well as the Dongjiaotou Metro Station, a women’s and children’s hospital and several residential buildings.
Watch below to see the roaring fire (VPN off):
As seen in the photo below, smoke from the fire could be seen from several kilometers away.
Image courtesy of Daniel Dumbrill
One user on Weibo posted the photo below, writing, “It’s so dark, I don’t know what caused the burning. Here’s the view from the Shekou Cruise Center.”
Image via @Elainechenqin/Weibo
[Cover image via @吴颖碎碎念/Weibo]