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China: Shanghai fire claims 53, local coverage criticised

53 lives were claimed and 43 others remain missing as a result of the tragic fire that ripped through a high-rise apartment block in Shanghai yesterday afternoon. The 28-storey building was undergoing renovations when welding sparks caused the scaffolding to catch fire, eventually spreading to the building itself. City blog Shanghaiist provided much of the breaking news, as well as survivor stories. Danwei also provided original reporting, while Shanghai Monthly has criticised local media coverage of the event.

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