There had been a mall fire in Guangdong Province, China, leaving at least 17 people dead. Given the above photo and the description offered in the news article, it seems to be a very typical mall as operating throughout the country.
From my own experiences in China, as well as in Macau, fire safety both in prevention and in suppression is lacking far by European standards. A few examples:
- Fire exit doors closed, locked or barricaded.
- Emergency staircases used as storage or carpentry store.
- Contractors that try to save money by conciously trying to circumvent existing regulation and installing inferior materials.
One can only hope that regulations and especially the implementation and control of the same are being tightened after the event above. Otherwise we might see a repeat within a short time.