Fire Suppression

Call for sprinklers after pet shop fire

A blaze that killed 17 dogs and cats in a Happy Valley pet store last Wednesday has prompted an animal welfare group to call for sprinklers to be installed in such shops.

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011, 12:00am

Police check school buses with extra seats

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Sprinkler systems to be focus of law review

A fire services chief has promised a review of the law to improve fire safety in old buildings that lack sprinkler systems.

But a professor of architecture who studies fire safety said installing sprinklers in such buildings could be difficult as they might not be strong enough to support the water tanks.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

At the fire station ... again

Lizzie, a fire safety officer, has been making notes for a safety leaflet her boss has asked her to write in clear, simple English.

Here are some of the almost-finished sentences and ideas she is going to include in the leaflet.

Fire safety in the home

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Woman critical after fire-extinguisher blast

A woman injured by debris from a fire extinguisher that exploded was in critical condition yesterday.

The victim, surnamed Ho, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Tuen Mun Hospital with serious injuries to her face and eyes.

She was on a ventilator and could not eat, according to the woman's god-daughter.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Half of homes not fire-safe, survey finds

The homes of more than half of children polled are a fire risk, a survey has found.

The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association survey conducted last month found that the homes of 55.2 per cent of schoolchildren had a high risk of catching fire and children were likely to be burned or scalded.

10 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Eyes on the blaze

'A big bang woke us up from our sleep. I sensed there must be something wrong. When I opened the door, I saw smoke. Wasting no time, I and the others fled.'

Ms Law, club worker, set off alarm

'I saw my husband leaning out of the window waving for help. He told me over the phone that he saw me, too, on the ground. I really wished I could go up to save him.'

11 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Deadly risks found in safety checks

More detailed safety inspections in the wake of two serious blazes in buildings where sprinkler systems had been turned off have uncovered an array of potentially deadly faults in fire-protection equipment.

Defects were found in hose reels, extinguishers, hydrants, pumps and emergency power systems that could cause them to fail, the Fire Services Department says.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Blaze factory kept chemicals illegally

Toxic and flammable chemicals, including cyanide, were illegally stored inside the Tsuen Wan electroplating factory where a fire killed one firefighter and injured nine other people, including six other firefighters, on Monday night.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Sprinkler system could have saved fireman, says ex-chief

Fatal flashover in Tsuen Wan blaze 'was preventable'

Fireman Wong Ka-hei may not have died in a blaze in Tsuen Wan on Tuesday if a sprinkler system had been working, a former fire chief said yesterday.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

Stalls' storage lofts helped feed fire

A fire raged for 14 hours at a market in Tseung Kwan O on Friday because so much material had been accumulated in concealed storage spaces fixed to the ceilings of stalls, the Fire Services Department said yesterday.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Water torture

It rained last Monday - the day that water bills rose 5.5 per cent, twice the rate of inflation. Londoners took it in their stride (there are no water meters, yet). It poured down on Tuesday, too - the day after hosepipe and sprinkler bans came into force in parched London, with fines of #1,000 ($13,600) for serial offenders.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Trained to protect and preserve

They are ready to pounce at any sign of trouble, fire extinguishers at hand. Suited-up in their brightly coloured fire-proof overalls, the 150 fire marshals patrolling the perimeter of the track and pit area - ready to extinguish any fire should one arise - will be a reassuring sight.

24 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Paint can explodes in van, burning delivery man

A delivery worker suffered leg injuries after a can of paint thinner he placed on top of a car battery in the back of a goods van burst into flames in Mongkok. The man, 35, was loading 12 cans of thinner into the van in Kam Lam Street when the blaze broke out at 12.30pm.

10 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Blast at Garley Building tears off man's arm

Fire extinguisher shoots 12 storeys in the air during demolition of ill-fated tower

The ill-fated Garley Building showed yesterday it has not shed its fateful reputation. A fire extinguisher - left behind amid the inferno eight years ago in which 40 people died - exploded, tearing off the arm of a demolition worker.

29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am