Inspection after blaze

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 12:00am

An official from the Buildings Department inspects the smouldering wreckage of a five-storey pre-war building in Central that blazed for hours on Sunday.

Firemen yesterday entered the building in Li Yuen Street East to inspect the structure after colleagues sprayed water on the block for about 24 hours to cool the heat.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Hong Kong island, islands and marine) Chu Man-chun said the building was 'like an oven' after the flames were doused at 2.30pm on Sunday. The fire started at about 5.30am the same day.

Firemen continued to spray water into the building before dawn yesterday, a Fire Services Department spokesman said. They finally left the scene at 1.30pm.

About 100 firemen, a fleet of 20 fire engines and ambulances, and 14 teams using breathing apparatus were sent to the scene after the building, used as a leather goods shop and godown, burst into flames.

A court order will be sought today by the Buildings Department to close the building and neighbouring ones because of fire damage that has made them unsafe.