Two-day hill fire near Sha Tin estate put out

Water bombs by Government Flying Service helped extinguish the blaze

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 January, 2017, 7:48pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 9:11am

A hill fire near a public housing estate in Sha Tin that blazed for nearly two days was put out Sunday afternoon.

The fire had started at around 3.30pm Friday on a hill facing Shui Chuen O Estate.

The blaze was initially brought under control by firefighters on Friday evening.

However, it rekindled at around 1.30am Saturday, engulfing an area covering 40,000 square metres.

A combination of firefighters on the ground and the Government Flying Service dropping water bombs finally put out the blaze at 12.57pm Sunday.

On Saturday evening, residents of the nearby estate and To Shek village feared the flames would spread to their homes. But firefighters said there was no need for residents to evacuate.

Sha Tin district councillor Yau Man-chun said many residents at the 11-block estate could smell the smoke and had seen black ash blow in to their flats.

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“Helicopters were seen above the estate very frequently,” he said. “There were also many fire trucks running in and out of the estate.”

A Fire Services Department spokeswoman said the cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Fire danger warnings were issued by the Observatory over the weekend due to extremely dry weather conditions.