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At Least 42 Dead, 90 Injured in Apartment-Building Fire in Shanghai

Firefighters spray water on an apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai, east China, on 15 Nov 2010

China's official Xinhua news agency says a fire in a high-rise apartment building in Shanghai has killed at least 42 people. Earlier, local officials said more than 90 others were injured.

Xinhua said the 20-story building was being renovated when it caught fire Monday afternoon. It said the structure is a residential building for teachers, many of whom are retired.

The article said the cause of the fire is not known, but a witness said he saw the blaze spread from a worker's scaffold to the rest of the building.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.