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Firefighters have been battling a blaze at the yet to be opened Mandarin hotel. The skyscraper in Beijing is thought to have been set alight by a stray firework set off for China's Lantern Festival.
The luxury hotel was due to open later this year in a complex which also houses the new headquarters of the main Chinese TV company. The building was empty and no one is thought to have been hurt in the fire.
The modern, angular building was a sign of Beijing's recent transformation and modernization. It had been scheduled to open late last year, but the opening was postponed until this year, though most of the building had been constructed.
According to its Web site, the Mandarin Oriental-Beijing is the flagship property in China for the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain.
The tower stands more than 500 feet high and contains 241 rooms, Xinhua reported.