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Mong Kok blaze

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

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.

Monday, 25 March, 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

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I'll be a mayor not of the 1 per cent, but of the 100 per cent

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He would say, 'I should've held her hand more tightly … I should've held her close'

Tse Cheung-kwan, whose son's girlfriend, Liu Hoi-yin, died in the 2011 Mong Kok fire


19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

Survivor of Mong Kok inferno left haunted by his girlfriend's death

The horror of losing his girlfriend in the 2011 Mong Kok inferno is still too much for one survivor to bear. He can't go near Fa Yuen Street, or even think about it. His father, Tse Cheung-kwan, was lucky enough to be working elsewhere when the fire ripped through the market street, killing nine people and injuring 34.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:02am

Mong Kok blaze victims' relatives slam authorities for inaction

Family members of those who died in the 2011 Mong Kok inferno have blasted government departments for their inaction. Wu Chun-yan, the mother of deceased Chen Xianxian, and Stella Pang Ka-fung, the sister of deceased Pang Mei-kuen, made their submissions at the Coroner's Court during the inquest into the tragedy yesterday.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

Mong Kok fumes spread 'in absence of fire-resistant lobbies'

The removal of two fire-resistant lobbies might have sped up the spread of smoke to the main stairwell of the ill-fated building in the 2011 Mong Kok inferno, evidence at an inquest suggested.

The construction of those lobbies, which could withstand flames for at least an hour, were completed at two mezzanine flats in May 2010, Buildings Department records showed.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:29am

Mong Kok blaze victims died 25 minutes after fire started

The nine victims of the 2011 Mong Kok inferno are believed to have died 25 minutes after the fire broke out, the inquest into their deaths heard. The Fire Services Department's acting assistant director, Li Leung-ming, told the Coroner's Court yesterday that his investigation team estimated that the residents lost their lives on the main staircase of the nine-storey Fa Yuen Street walk-up building at 4.55am on November 30, 2011.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:24am

Coroner criticises investigation into fatal 2011 Mong Kok blaze

Michael Chan Pik-kiu said a 120-page report submitted to the Coroner's Court yesterday was a waste of paper, and the time of the court and jury.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:37am

Smoky stairwell was death trap, Mong Kok blaze inquiry told

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

'Most of Fa Yuen Street blaze dead were found on the upper floors'

Seven of the nine people killed in the 2011 midnight Mong Kok inferno died on the main staircase of a walk-up building, an inquest into the tragedy heard yesterday.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

Harrowing tales of their loved ones' last moments

A woman who died in the 2011 Mong Kok blaze shivered twice before she collapsed in her last-ditch attempt to escape, her distraught boyfriend said yesterday. The eyes of restaurant manager Wu Sin-hang brimmed with tears as he told the Coroner's Court of the horrifying last moments with his girlfriend Pang Mei-kuen on the day the flames engulfed a walk-up building and claimed nine lives.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:34am

Owner was warned, says witness in Mong Kok blaze inquest

A tenant complained when he saw the owner building a concrete wall blocking access to a fire escape route, the Mong Kok inferno inquest heard yesterday. The building, at 192-194 Fa Yuen Street, was engulfed in the conflagration that killed nine people in November 2011.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:45am

Survivors tell inquest into Mong Kok blaze of chaotic, difficult escape

Survivors recalled the chaotic circumstances of their escape from a deadly inferno yesterday, as the inquest continued into the midnight Mong Kok blaze of 2011.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

'I was terrified … I didn't know what to do'

A woman whose husband died in the 2011 Mong Kok blaze was overcome with emotion in the witness box yesterday as she recounted the last time she saw him alive. Chan Wan-kiu, wife of the late Wu Jumou, told the Coroner's Court that she was woken at dawn by two loud bangs outside her subdivided flat on the third floor of a building on Fa Yuen Street.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:29am

Tragedy of Mong Kok blaze relived

The mother of a young woman who died in the horrific 2011 Fa Yuen Street fire yesterday broke down in tears as she testified at an inquest into the blaze. Wu Chun-yan told the court her late daughter, Chen Xianxian, a 24-year-old from Hainan Island, had been in Hong Kong on a two-way permit to visit her.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:46am