[Updated 12.02pm] A mid-morning fire behind Jianguomenwai's LG Towers is causing big backups on that road and the eastern Third Ring Road, an employee in the towers confirmed.

Firefighters are on the scene and have the blaze mostly extinguished. The fire broke out at the 泰和麻辣香锅 restaurant, close to the Yonganli outlet of Najia Xiaoguan.

Black smoke could be seen rising from the area, creating rubbernecking delays.

A factory fire in Fengtai District blackened the southern Beijing sky in late June.

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