A major fire has broken out in a skyscraper in the central Chinese city of Changsha, state media have reported, adding that the number of casualties is currently unknown.
“Thick smoke is spewing from the site, and several dozen floors are burning ferociously,” the state broadcaster CCTV reported.
“Firefighters have begun work to extinguish the flames and conduct rescues at the scene,” it added.
The blaze engulfed a tall building that houses an office of state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom, the report said.
A photograph released by CCTV showed flames searing through the building in a built-up area of the city, as black smoke billowed into the sky.
A video posted on social media by a local news outlet appeared to show the outside of the tower charred black.
Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, has a population of about 10 million.
The building, completed in 2000, was once the tallest in Changsha at 218 metres (715 feet). It comprises 42 stories above the ground and two floors underground.
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