Firefighters spray water on an apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai, east China, on Monday Nov. 15, 2010. The state news agency says the fire in the high-rise apartment building in China's business center of Shanghai has killed at least eight people and injured more than 90. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
SHANGHAI (AP) - China's official Xinhua news agency says the death toll of a fire that engulfed a high-rise apartment building in China's business center of Shanghai has risen to 42.
The fire occurred on Monday at a building under renovation. previous reports put the toll at at least eight dead and more than 90 injured.
A witness told Xinhua that building materials had caught fire, and the blaze spread to scaffolding and then to the 28-story building itself, which houses a number of retired teachers.
The government says more than 80 fire trucks were called to battle the fire, which appeared to have been put out after about six hours.
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