Horror moment 42-storey skyscraper is engulfed in flames as enormous fire erupts

A 650-foot skyscraper in China has gone up in flames, completely destroying the structure in apocalyptic scenes.

On Friday afternoon, the footage shows flaming debris falling from the Changsha Telecom Building in China’s southern Hunan Province.

A skyscraper in China has gone up in flames in apocalyptic scenesCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter

According to preliminary investigations from Hunan’s fire department, the inferno was caused by the outer cladding of the 42-story building catching fire.

It went on to say that 36 fire trucks and 280 firefighters were rushed to the city center.

The entire 42-storey building went up in flamesCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter

The blaze has been described as a “facade fire” similar to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in west London in 2017 that killed 72 people and was caused by flammable cladding on the building’s exterior.

The flames completely destroyed the state-owned telecommunications giant China Telecom’s building, which stands more than 200 meters tall.

The fire sent black smoke pouring hundreds of metres into the skyCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter

The dozens of levels of the tower block in downtown Changsha “burned with great intensity,” according to state broadcaster CCTV.

“Firefighters have begun work to extinguish the flames and conduct rescues at the scene,” it said.

The news outlet released a photo of orange flames ripping through the building as black smoke billows into the sky.

Smoke was visible across the city in China’s southern Hunan provinceCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter
The building was gutted by the flamesCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter
The 650-foot tower stands in downtown Changsha, home to 10 million peopleCredit: tongbingxue/Twitter

A terrifying video shared online shows terrified office workers rushing down a staircase to escape the burning building.

It is believed that all of the building’s employees escaped the horrifying fire in time.

China is well-known for censoring the number of deaths caused by human error.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, has a population of around 10 million people and is the state’s largest city.