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Disbelief online as huge Chinese chimney goes up in smoke

Internet users question how it is possible for a massive chimney to catch fire

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 4:53pm

A huge chimney has caught fire in a city in northern China, prompting jokes online about how it was possible for such a structure to be set ablaze.

The fire broke out on Thursday morning in Xian in Shaanxi province.

The 100-metre high chimney is owned by a heating supply company and is a well known landmark in the city.

Flames and smoke were seen pouring from the structure before the blaze was brought under control at about 10am. Roads near the chimney had to be closed for several hours.

Nobody was injured in the fire and an investigation into what caused the blaze is under way, according to Beijing Youth Daily.

The chimney was severely damaged in the fire.

A lower concrete chimney formerly on the site was demolished and replaced with a steel reinforced structure three years ago, the report said.

One person commented on social media: “It is incredible that a chimney can go up in smoke. It must be a joke.”

Another said: “It remained safe for 30 years as a concrete chimney, but died soon after changing to a longer-lifespan structure. It was just not blessed.”