For those of you who haven't heard, although I'm sure most of you have, there was a large fire in Shanghai on Monday November 14th. This fire was in an apartment building 3 blocks from our place and we could see the smoke and everything from our balcony and kitchen window.
I didn't know about the fire until we were on our way home and all the streets near our building were blocked off. There were crowds and crowds of people standing around watching the firefighters put out the fire. By the time we got home it looked that they had contained the flames but the building was still smoldering.
Today, as I walked to the subway to head into work I could see the building down the block, I didn't venture further because there were so many people still out on the street just watching things. I took a picture, as you can see below, even though it's not very good, but you can see the scorch marks on the building. The building to the left of it is what the apartment building originally looked like.
Here's an updated article from CNN about the whole thing: