Recommendations of the Mei Foo fire coroner were yesterday supported by relatives of the victims. The relatives were speaking after Coroner Ian Thomas made 22 recommendations on fighting and preventing fires in the wake of the killer blaze in April last year. One relative, Wong Wai-sum, whose 15-year-old son and 81-year-old mother died in the fire, complained of a lack of interest in fire safety by residents. He said residents had not taken enough care to prevent fires as fire doors had been left open. 'Had smoke doors remained shut properly, there would only have been one death in this fire,' he said. Mr Wong said if a notice had been issued to every resident asking them to attend drills, 'the situation would have been very different'. 'I have lived there for five years and have not received any drill notices in all that time,' he said. Mr Wong supported the recommendation for extra emergency access to the roof and ground floor. 'If a fire starts on the eighth floor, where would people on the 20th floor escape to?' However, the husband of the victim who started the fire only lamented that nothing could be done to bring his wife back. 'The case has ended. The person is dead and we cannot bring them back to life, no matter what you say now,' Yeung Sou-wing said. The inquest heard that Mr Yeung's wife, Lai Yuet-wo, 43, had started the fire when she fell asleep with a lit cigarette in her hand. The cigarette fell on to a polyurethane foam-filled sofa, starting the blaze. However, Mr Yeung claimed the coroner could only speculate on the cause of the fire and said that 'no one has established the real reason why the fire started'. Asked whether he was aware the sofa was highly flammable, Mr Yeung only said that it had been given to him and not been purchased.