The viral video does not show the recent fire incident in Changsha, China that took place on 16 September 2022. The video dates back to 2021.
A massive fire broke out in a skyscraper in the central Chinese city of Changsha in the southern province of Hunan on 16 September 2022. The blaze broke out in a 42-floor building housing an office of the state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom, according to the state broadcaster CCTV. According to authorities, no casualties were found.
While social media users were sharing a video of a skyscraper that had caught fire, a few users also shared a video showing the inside of the tower, which had caught fire in Changsha, China. The video seems to have been shot by the people who were stuck inside the skyscraper. Nexta, a Belarusian media outlet shared this video on Twitter stating that it shows the footage from the burning skyscraper in Changsha, China.
We started our investigation by running a reverse image search on Google, whose results led us to the same video posted on Facebook by CGTN Frontline on 10 March 2021. According to the description of the video states, that the video shows a massive fire that broke out in a highrise of Shijiazhuang, China.
The caption states, “A huge fire broke out in a highrise of Shijiazhuang, China, with roaring flames quickly engulfing the whole building on Tuesday. Luckily, no one is trapped inside the fire scene. The fire has been put out with no casualty.”
The presence of the video on the internet since 2021 clearly shows that this video cannot be from the recent accidental fire incident in Changsha.
We found that Insider Paper posted the same video on 9 March 2021. The caption of the post states, “Horror view: Video from inside the building that is on fire in #Shijiazhuang, China.”
What happened in Changsha, China?
A major fire broke out in a 42-storey skyscraper in the central Chinese city of Changsha in Hunan province on16 September. Authorities said that as of 4:20 p.m. local time (4:20 a.m. ET), the fire had been put out and there were no known casualties. Below you can see the video of the same. Changsha Fire and Rescue dispatched 36 fire engines and 280 firefighters to the scene, the statement said.
Fact Crescendo found the claim made along with the video to be False. The viral video does not show the recent fire incident in Changsha, China that took place on 16 September 2022. This video has been available on the internet at least since March 2021 and shows a different fire in Shijiazhuang, the capital of north China’s Hebei province.
Title:This video was not shot inside the skyscraper in Changsha China; the video dates back to 2021.Fact Check By: Drabanti Ghosh