Emergency Vehicle Access

Lawmaker calls for better fire safety ruling for NT's small houses

Simon Watkiss, the father of the two children died in a fire at a house in Pat Heung Upper Village. Photo: SCMP

Simon Watkiss, who lost his sons to the October blaze in Yuen Long, was heartened by the support of Pok Fu Lam councillor Paul Zimmerman.

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:02am

Chaotic New Territories villages a recipe for tragedy, Zimmerman says

Paul Zimmerman

Elliot Watkiss, eight, and his brother Frankie, seven, died in their home in Wing Hing Wai, Yuen Long, in October after a fire broke out while they were asleep. The boys' father Simon Watkiss last week told the Sunday Morning Post that his sons' lives would have been saved if emergency vehicles had had proper access to the family's village home.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Surviving couple rebuild their lives amid 'indescribable' grief

What Simon Watkiss and his wife, Candy, have gone through since the night fire gutted their New Territories house and took the lives of their two young sons is beyond imagination.

Yet last week, Watkiss calmly recounted the horrific ordeal that destroyed his family and left his life in tatters.

He said he and his wife were trapped in their room by the blaze.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Grieving Yuen Long father says illegal structures blocked firefighters' access

Simon Watkiss shows how roads near his village home in Yuen Long are too narrow for most emergency vehicles. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A father whose two young sons died in a New Territories fire last year is convinced their lives could have been saved if emergency vehicles had had proper access to their village house.

Simon Watkiss is calling attention to the problem in the hope that action can be taken so others' lives can be spared.

20 Jan 2013 - 5:56am 5 comments