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Fa Yuen Street fire

Fa Yuen Street hawkers defy licence surrender scheme

Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok. Photo: David Wong

Six months after the launch of a scheme to buy back hawker licences, busy street markets are still congested while stalls that serve local communities have dwindled.

Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 5:39am

Hong Kong buildings still unsafe after Fa Yuen fire

Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok. Photo: May Tse

The tragic blaze sparked by a row of hawker stalls at the doorstep of a Mong Kok building in late 2011 is a hard-earned lesson for everyone. Not only did it claim nine innocent lives, it highlighted the risks of ill-managed roadside stalls and thousands of old blocks with similar problems - cubicle flats, blocked fire escapes, poor building management. Sixteen months later, an inquest on the fatal accident reminds us that many buildings are still far from being safe. 

28 Mar 2013 - 7:10am

Scheme to help Fa Yuen Street fire victims 'just not enough'

(From left) Fan Pui-ying, Chan Kong-chiu, Andy So (fourth from left) and others at a press conference yesterday. Photo: Dickson Lee

The United Hawkers Development Platform and Chan Kong-chiu, a Fa Yuen Street hawker of 36 years, said the government's scheme to subsidise improvements to the stalls of the city's 4,300 hawkers in the 43 fixed-pitch hawker areas was not thorough enough.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 1 comment

Fa Yuen Street fire deaths ruled accidental

An inquest jury has urged the government to boost inspections of subdivided flats and hawker stalls to prevent another tragedy like the fatal 2011 Mong Kok fire. It also advised the Fire Services Department to strengthen the resources given to frontline rescuers. The recommendations from the five-member Coroner's Court jury came after it returned a verdict of accidental death on the nine people who died in the Fa Yuen Street market fire.

19 Mar 2013 - 8:52am