Cigarettes go up in smoke after fire at warehouse

The warehouse is used to store dutiable wine and cigarette imports.

More than 1,000 cartons of cigarettes stored in a warehouse in Kwai Chung were set ablaze by a fire that broke out early Thursday morning.

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Police explanation of deadly Fujian bus blaze questioned by sceptics

Police said Chen Shuizong, born in 1954, set light to the bus to 'vent personal grievances' and was among those who died. Photo: Xinhua

Soon after a fire on a crowded commuter bus killed 47 people and injured 34, authorities offered an explanation: One of the dead had written a suicide note, boarded the bus during the evening rush and set it ablaze.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Teenager dies in Yuen Long village house blaze

Firefighters had to force open the locked metal gate to the three-storey village house before they could get inside, said Wu Tze-fung, the Fire Services Department's divisional commander in New Territories West.

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

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Follow up on Tai O 3nd alarm fire in Kat Hing Street. The accident damaged stilt houses near the river and caused no injury. Photo: Nora Tam

On the fire which ripped through a cluster of stilt homes in Tai O:

8 May 2013 - 3:22am

Vulnerable Tai O in need of help

Fire swept through a cluster of the Tai O fishing village's famous stilt houses, leaving 10 households homeless. Photo: Nora Tam

Tai O fishing village is an enduring tourist attraction that owes little to the kind of extravagant spending and promotion lavished on theme parks. It thrives on the timeless appeal of a simple, traditional lifestyle that attracts residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, a marriage of modern amenity with authenticity does not always confer protection from fire, storm and tempest, as we were reminded by the fire that swept through a cluster of the village's famous stilt houses and left 10 households homeless.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Gutted Tai O village's fire extinguishers not properly maintained

Thursday's fire, which destroyed a cluster of wooden stilt houses in Lantau Island's rustic Tai O fishing village, left 10 households homeless. Photo: Nora Tam

Records on pressurised water extinguishers in Sha Chai Min and Sam Chung in the Lantau Island fishing village showed some were last maintained in August 2010 and others in 2011. Labels on the extinguishers said they were owned by the Tai O Rural Committee.

4 May 2013 - 5:44am

Wooden stilt houses go up in flames at Lantau's Tai O

Stilt houses at Tai O village are engulfed in thick smoke and fierce flames yesterday. Photos: SCMP

No casualties were reported. Last night, about 10 households that were left homeless were put up by the Housing Department at the Lung Tin Transit Centre, on a public housing estate.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Wong Tai Sin fire blazes for seven hours, 700 evacuated

The fire at Tai Shing Street Market in Wong Tai Sin continued for hours and many elderly residents had to be evacuated. Photos: SMP

A fire which broke out early yesterday at a market in Wong Tai Sin blazed for seven hours and forced the evacuation of about 700 people. Eight people aged between 13 and 85 suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am

Firemen defend Ap Lei Chau operation

Andrew Fung calls for a check of fire hydrants. Photo: Edward Wong

Firefighters deployed to a blaze on the 17th storey of an Ap Lei Chau residential block on Thursday raised a ladder from a fire engine only 45 minutes after the alarm was sounded, the Fire Services Department admitted yesterday.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:42am

Seven injured in Ap Lei Chau apartment blaze

A fire in a 17th-floor flat at South Horizons was a level four, in a five-level system. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Five people were injured when a fire broke out at South Horizons housing estate in Ap Lei Chau early on Thursday and more than 100 residents were roused from sleep and evacuated. Water had to be pumped all the way up from the ground to Flat B on the 17th floor, where an air conditioner was believed to have caught fire.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Death toll from Thai refugee camp blaze rises to 36, officials say

Myanmar refugees sit with their belongings as they start to build temporary shelters with bamboo and leaves at the Mae Surin camp in Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand. Photo: AFP

The fire, which broke out on Friday in Mae Hong Son province, about 900km north of Bangkok, has left more than 2,000 people homeless.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:01pm

Fire at Thai refugee camp on Myanmar border leaves 30 dead

Thirty people were killed and about 200 injured yesterday when a fire broke out in a camp in northern Thailand housing refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, Thai officials said. Many of the victims were believed to be women and children.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

Henan official sets farmer’s trees on fire for fun

Photo showing the burning poplar trees. Photo: Handout

A Henan official set fire to a villager’s poplar trees, covering five acres of land, for his own amusement.

20 Mar 2013 - 7:25pm

Teen fights for life after Tseung Kwan O fire

Firefighters investigate the cause of the blaze. Photo: David Wong

A 17-year-old boy suffered critical injuries in a fire that swept through his flat in Tseung Kwan O yesterday. Six of his neighbours were also injured. About 150 residents were evacuated from Tak Yue House at Hau Tak Estate when the 10th floor flat caught fire about 9.30am.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:55am

Smoky stairwell was death trap, Mong Kok blaze inquiry told

How fire spread at 192-194 Fa Yuen Street

The staircase was like "the flue of a chimney" between its ground floor entrance and rooftop exit, senior government chemist Bobbie Cheung Kwok-keung told the Coroner's Court.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:13am