Short circuit, arson, behind two separate Hong Kong cases of bicycle fire

A Tai Po rental kiosk went up in flames while elsewhere, bike found burning in estate

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 3:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 3:58pm

Scores of bicycles were reduced to charred frames in a blaze that broke out at a Hong Kong bike rental kiosk before daybreak on Friday.

Emergency personnel were called in at about 4.40am when a security guard in Tai Po Waterfront Park on Dai Fat Street found the kiosk in flames. No one was inside at the time.

Four fire engines were deployed to the scene, and about 20 firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes.

A government spokeswoman said no evacuation was required and no casualties were reported in the incident.

“Bicycles and miscellaneous items were damaged in the blaze,” she said.

According to police, the area affected was about two by eight metres.

A police spokesman said initial investigations found nothing suspicious and a short circuit was the suspected cause of the fire.

Separately, a bicycle was damaged in a suspected arson attack outside Heng Shan House in Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan at 1.23am on Friday.

Firemen doused the flames and investigations indicated suspicious activity behind the cause of the fire, according to police.

Detectives from the Sha Tin police district are handling the case. So far, no one has been arrested.