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Hong Kong police

87-year-old man dies, 40 people evacuated, after fire in Hong Kong public housing flat

The man lived alone and was found unconscious in his sixth-floor flat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2017, 3:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2017, 4:45pm

An elderly man died in hospital after a fire broke out in his sixth-floor flat in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The 87-year old, who lived alone, was found unconscious in the flat by emergency services staff, who rushed to the Ka Lei Lau block in Ka Wai Chuen estate in Hung Hom just after 1pm. Firefighters managed to put out the blaze at 1.24pm.

“An elderly man suffered burns and had lost consciousness while being rescued by firefighters from the flat,” a police spokesman said.

The man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was declared dead before 2pm.

According to police, investigators believe the fire started from an electric cooker, and there were no suspicious circumstances that had caused the blaze.

More than 40 residents were evacuated from the public housing block, police added.

According to the Fire Services Department, 12 fire engines and one ambulance were sent to the scene, with firefighters using a water jet to battle the blaze.