New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after the United States reportedly asked China to vacate its Consulate General in Houston, firefighters and local police responded to reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the Chinese Consulate, according to local media.

The video shared by a Houston-based news website showed fire and activity in the courtyard of the Chinese Consulate building. Houston Police said that they received a call at 8:25 pm (local time) about the fire in the Chinese Consulate building. However, they were not allowed to enter the building. 

"About 8:25 pm on Tuesday, our officers responded to a meet the firefighter call to the China Consulate General in Houston building at 3417 Montrose Blvd. Smoke was observed in an outside courtyard area," The Houston Police said on Twitter adding that "officers were not granted access to enter the building."

 

"Since HPD is not a lead agency in the matter, no other information is being released by our department at this time," the Houston Police Department said in another tweet.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the Communist Party’s Global Times newspaper had said that the US has given China 72 hours to vacate the Houston Consulate. He, however, didn't divulge the reason or any further information. 

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma