I can’t even begin to imagine spending 731 million not-Zim dollars on something, nevermind watching the whole lot go up in smoke. Needless to say I would be more than a little upset if this had been my very nearly completed luxury hotel, and all I got for it was “sorry”. Sorry doesn’t fit in my pocket arseholes!
Apparently according to the Daily Mail, what happened to cause this towering inferno (punalicious 10 points for moi!) was that some illegal/unauthorised Lunar New Year celebratory fireworks set off by a Chinese television station in Beijing, sent showers of sparks in the Mandarin Oriental’s general direction, at which point the whole place went up in flames. Nice.
The shooting flames sent off huge plumes of black smoke and showered the ground with embers. A fireman died after inhaling toxic gases when fighting the fire, Xinhua news agency said. Seven people were injured, including six firefighters.
Crews had largely extinguished the larger flames about three hours after the fire began, although hotspots continued to flicker.
And things looked even more depressing in the harsh light of day.
Any ideas what the moral of this story might be? Go on don’t bashful – leave a comment.