Elderly Hongkonger fighting for life after fire engulfs flat and leads 200 more estate residents to flee

In separate incident, firefighters extinguish restaurant blaze in Causeway Bay

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, 1:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, 1:14pm

A 73-year-old Hongkonger was fighting for his life in hospital after suffering critical injuries in a fire that swept through his flat in Kwai Chung and led about 200 residents to flee before dawn on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called when the blaze broke out on the man’s third-floor flat in Hop Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate at about 5.21am.

The Fire Services Department said nine engines and two ambulances were sent to the public housing development and about 50 firefighters were deployed. Firefighters using a water jet took about 20 minutes to put out the fire.

Two elderly men in critical state after fire breaks out in Hong Kong apartment building

“A 73-year-old man [living in the burning flat] suffered burns to his face, body and four limbs,” a department spokeswoman said.

The man was taken conscious to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Police said an initial investigation showed the fire was caused by a short circuit and that nothing suspicious was found.

Separately on Wednesday, eight fire engines and an ambulance were dispatched when a restaurant burst into flames on Paterson Street in Causeway Bay at about 9.20am. Smoke was seen billowing from its ventilation ducts.

Due to the blaze and smoke, southbound Paterson Street, Great George Street, a section of Lockhart Road and southbound East Point were all closed to traffic.

The fire department said firefighters using a water jet spent less than 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured in the incident.

Its spokeswoman said firefighters were investigating the cause of the blaze.