Shanghai fire toll at 58; Beijing reviews projects

A fire in a Shanghai high-rise apartment undergoing energy-saving renovations has spurred safety reviews of similar projects. Beijing suspended such work in the capital.

Authorities said Friday that 58 were confirmed dead in the blaze, which swept through the 28-story building Monday after sparks from welding equipment set nylon construction netting and bamboo scaffolding alight.

In Shanghai, a city of 20 million that has some 15,000 high-rise buildings, construction projects were halted for two hours Friday for thorough safety checks. But officials in the district where the fire occurred said the retrofits meant to improve energy efficiency of existing buildings would continue.