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Beijing Official Says Frame Of Hotel Is Intact After Blaze

Publication Date: 2/11/2009
Author: Saibal Dasgupta in Beijing with Nadine M. Post
Format: HTML

The Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, and multidisciplinary engineer Arup, designers of the $733-million Television Cultural Center in Beijing, are declining to comment on the damage to the primarily concrete-framed building as a result of a dramatic Feb. 9 blaze that engulfed all 31 stories and killed one firefighter. But a city official says the basic structure is intact and most of the damage from the five-and-a-half-hour fire is affected only the exterior surface of the walls.

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