Hong Kong police hunt for suspect behind car park fire that torched eight vehicles in Lok Fu estate

Firefighters put out the blaze in about four minutes; police are reviewing CCTV footage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 March, 2017, 1:05pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 March, 2017, 7:01pm

Residents at a Lok Fu housing estate woke up to the smell of smoke early Sunday morning after a fire broke out in a multi-storey car park, damaging eight vehicles.

The Fire Services Department received multiple reports of fire at about 9.30am in the car park of Fu Keung Court on 8 Fu Mei Street.

The property is a six-block estate built in 1991 under the Home Ownership Scheme.

A search-and-rescue team, one water jet and two breathing apparatus units were deployed to fight the No 1 alarm fire.

The scene was cordoned off and residents watched from behind the lines as black smoke and fierce flames billowed from the second floor of the car park complex while a squad of firefighters worked.

The blaze was put out in about four minutes.

Photographs of the aftermath showed several cars, including a BMW 3-series and a seven-seater van, heavily damaged and charred from the flames.

Police said they were looking for a Chinese male aged 25 to 30, and 1.7 metres in height, who was seen entering the ground floor of the car park with “flammable materials” that morning.

Chau Hin-hung, assistant district commander for crime, said: “We are still reviewing surveillance footage and at the moment, we suspect that the culprit poured the flammable substance on just one car,” Chau added.

Eight vehicles were affected by the fire. Four of the cars parked next to the targeted vehicle were damaged more seriously than the others.

No one was injured.

Chau said the suspect, wearing a black long-sleeved sports top, blue jeans and white sport shoes, exited the car park and escaped towards either Junction Road, Chuk Yuen Road or in the direction of Fu Keung Street.

Detectives will contact the owners of the eight vehicles and gather information on their backgrounds.

Chau urged witnesses, including taxi and public transport operators, to contact Wong Tai Sin police at 3661 6152.