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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Fire

Skyscraper-Turned-Torch Remains Standing

Hotel Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Hotel fire in early stages, showing sparks from fireworks

Hotel Mandarin Oriental
Fire moving down the tower's sides

Hotel Mandarin Oriental fire
Fire after further development

Hotel Mandarin Oriental stands
The building after the fire

Top of the building's facade after the fire, showing fire-induced distortions of parts
View of the source

On February 9, 2009, in the middle of the Lunar New Year, the distinctive 40-story Mandarin Oriental hotel in Beijing's Television Cultural Centre (TVCC) erupted in sparks and flames that consumed the building from top to bottom in an intense fire lasing for several hours. Blamed on a ground-based fireworks display gone afoul or illegal fireworks operations inside of the building, the fire started around the tower's top and proceded downward around the tower's sides while fireworks continued to burst dramatically above the blaze. 1  

The spectacular torching of the Mandarin tower further underscores the anomalous nature of the official explanation of the total collapse of the Twin Towers and WTC 7 -- an explanation that primarily blames fires for causing the "global collapse" of those structures. It is yet another example of a severe fire that failed to induce even the partial collapse of a skyscraper. Although less similar to the WTC towers than other skyscrapers ravaged by fires, the Mandarin tower is notable for the magnitude of the fire it withstood -- a fire that dwarfed the fires that preceded the "collapses" of each of the the WTC skyscrapers.

Coming exactly 2711 days after 9/11/2001, the burning of the Hotel Mandarin Oriental, which was unoccupied pending its completion, killed one firefighter.


References

1. China state broadcaster apologizes for hotel fire, AP,

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