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Garley Building Fire

Fires of recent years

Garley Building November 20, 1996

Thursday, 1 December, 2011, 12:00am

Some burning questions for Shanghai leaders

Monday's high-rise inferno not only burned a hole in the heart of Shanghai, but also in the hearts of its 20 million residents. Such blazes pose difficulties for fire brigades around the world, but tough questions are being asked about how this catastrophe happened in the first place.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Globe quaffers drown their sorrows with a few last beers

A comedian once said: 'The difference between a drunk and an alcoholic is that a drunk doesn't have to attend all those meetings.'

That said, for many of us a few beers in the pub is an enjoyable way to socialise. Hong Kong can at times seem like a long way from home for many expatriates, so there's nothing more reassuring than having a pint in a 'proper boozer'.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Garley workers pray for injured colleague

Construction workers yesterday burned offerings in a ritual to appease evil spirits at the ill-fated Garley Building after one of their colleagues lost an arm in an accident on Monday.

A fire extinguisher, which exploded, severing the arm of the 35-year-old worker, and shot 12 storeys in the air, was removed by firemen.

30 Jun 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

Shocking loss of life adds another grim chapter to the history of Hong Kong

The bus tragedy was the most serious traffic accident and one of the worst disasters in terms of lost lives for three decades in Hong Kong.

In 1973, 15 passengers were killed when their bus plunged down a ravine on Lantau.

The worst tragedy in recent times was the Garley Building fire in Yau Ma Tei in 1996, in which 40 people died and 80 were hurt.

11 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Garley fire writ filed

Chow Sang Sang Jewellery, Chow Sang Sang Nominees and Surich Investments has filed a High Court writ seeking $21.5 million in damages over the Garley Building fire, which swept through the Nathan Road complex in 1996 killing 40 people and injuring 80. They claim the blaze was sparked by an absence of safety precautions during the construction of new lifts.

6 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Garley firms file writ

Three firms accused of being responsibile for the 1996 Garley Building fire that killed 40 people and injured 80 have filed a writ saying the building's incorporated owners, management company and a construction firm should pay all or part of the costs arising from the blaze.

20 May 2001 - 12:00am

Safety lessons

No one who witnessed the horrific scenes at the Garley Building blaze four years ago needs reminding of how many older buildings in Hong Kong remain vulnerable to fire hazards. According to fire chiefs, that event made the public much more aware of the need for safety precautions.

10 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Garley suit deadline

Twelve actions for damages have been launched on behalf of victims of the 1996 Garley Building fire, which killed 40 people and injured 80, two days before the three-year time limit expires today.

The lawsuits come more than two months after a secret compensation deal was struck between claimants in 23 cases and the companies they blamed for the November 20, 1996, tragedy.

19 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Few Garley families seek damages

A senior judge said yesterday he was concerned that only about 20 per cent of Garley fire victims or their families had begun court actions seeking compensation.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Unjust desserts

More than two years after the Garley Building fire, most of its victims have still received nothing to cover their horrific injuries. Employee compensation claims on behalf of those who worked in the Nathan Road firetrap have led to derisory payouts.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

$6.6m Garley Building fire writ

A COMPANY claiming to have lost goods worth more than $6.6 million in the Garley Building fire has filed a writ for damages against those it holds responsible for the blaze. Chow Sang Sang Jewellery Company Ltd suffered the loss of computer hardware and software, books and furniture, fixtures and fittings, says the High Court writ.

11 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Watson's sues lift firm over Garley fire

Chain store Watson's has launched a High Court action against a lift company it blames for the 1996 Garley Building fire, in which 40 people died.

The pharmacy chain is suing Ryoden Lift and Escalator Company Limited for more than $1.7 million in damages and lost profits.

27 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Emergency team goes to work after 'cyanide spilled' in truck collision

Eight departments joined forces yesterday in an accident drill held in response to the Garley fire.

More than 140 personnel - including firemen, police and hospital workers - took part in the exercise in which a truck carrying a large amount of suspected lethal sodium cyanide 'collided' with a minibus full of passengers.

18 Jul 1998 - 12:00am