Water piped 2km to put out fire
Firemen had to lay hoses to draw water from as far as 2km away to battle a blaze in the changing room of a police border post at Lok Ma Chau early yesterday.
They took more than 31/2 hours to put out the flames. There were no casualties but dozens of lockers were damaged.
The fire broke out about 12.45am in the single-storey Horn Hill operational base off Border Road.
Some firemen fought the flames with water from a tanker, while others drew water from a fish pond 1km away and the nearest hydrant, 2km away.
Five engines and an ambulance were initially sent to the scene. Two more fire engines were later called in as more manpower was needed.
'We needed a lot of manpower to lay and connect hoses from the two water sources to the fire scene,' a fire officer said.
'It took more than an hour to connect the hoses as the paths were narrow and tortuous. And it was dark at the time.'
The first-alarm blaze was under control about two hours after firemen arrived. Fires are rated on a scale of one to five, according to their seriousness.
A police spokesman said 90 lockers containing officers' personal belongings were damaged.
'The personal belongings include the officers' uniforms and clothes, but no guns and ammunition were stored in the lockers.'
The fire officer said it was the first blaze in the area for three years.
'After the incident, we will look into whether there is room for improvement in firefighting in the area.'
Police found nothing suspicious and firemen were investigating.