THE manager of the blaze-hit Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate is taking legal action to force restaurant owners to clear goods and rubbish obstructing common areas. Nine people died when a fire broke out in the 13,000-family estate this month. Broadway-Nassau Investments Ltd targeted Tam Lap-man and Winnie Keung May-chu, the owners of Mei Foo King's Restaurant Ltd, in a Supreme Court writ. The management company claims the pair, along with the restaurant's tenants, the Ho King Cafe Limited, violated house rules by blocking common areas. 'Despite repeated requests made by the management company and their lawyers, the breaches have continued,' the writ said. The company asked for a court order directing the defendants to remove goods from the common areas outside the building's shopfront. It also requested an injunction barring the restaurant owners from putting any more property in the public space. Neither the management company nor their lawyers could be contacted. Cafe manager Michael Yeung said the shop had been asked to move large tins of cooking oil, stalls and food-laden cooking equipment from the front of the shop, but had refused because a former building manager had told him the business could use half a metre of shopfront space. 'Most of the shops around this area have things stacked outside, not just us,' Mr Yeung said. Basic fire-fighting equipment is rare in most commercial and residential buildings in Tsuen Wan, according a survey released yesterday. The Democratic Party inspected 27 commercial and residential buildings built 30 or more years ago. The survey found only one building had installed a fire extinguisher and fire hose on each floor, while two buildings had extinguishers on some floors. The remaining buildings had neither extinguishers nor fire hoses.