24 Feb '11, 10am

Fire officials extinguish Chinese capsule hotel: SHANGHAI - A JAPANESE-STYLE capsule hotel in downtown Shanghai

Fire officials extinguish Chinese capsule hotel: SHANGHAI - A JAPANESE-STYLE capsule hotel in downtown Shanghai

A worker standing beside cabinet-sized rooms at China's capsule hotel in Shanghai. The hotel has been shut down over safety concerns. -- PHOTO: AFP SHANGHAI - A JAPANESE-STYLE capsule hotel in downtown Shanghai has been shut down over safety concerns, the city's fire authorities said on Thursday. 'What is popular in Japan is not necessarily suitable here. I would not say it was illegal, but the capsules are just unsafe and not suitable for a hotel,' a Shanghai fire department spokesman told AFP. 'You are free to have a capsule-like room in your own home. But when it comes to public facilities, you have social responsibility and have to consider safety issues,' he said, without giving further details. The spokesman confirmed fire authorities issued a notice on Wednesday denying the hotel approval for operations as it would be too difficult to evacuate people living in capsu...

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