Social activists issued their own list of cage homes after officials claimed they were powerless to track the homes down. The activists said the Government was irresponsible in its failure to act against homes in which thousands lived in conditions similar to a dog kennel. The move followed a suspected arson attack on a cage home in Cross Street, Wan Chai, on Monday which was crammed with more than 30 people. The fire killed two and injured 13. Home Affairs Department figures show there are 91 cage homes, housing about 2,300 people. About 60 qualify for a licence under the Bedspace Apartment Ordinance. But illegal cage homes are flourishing, according to the Society for Community Organisation, St James' Settlement and Chan Hing Social Service Centre which help cage dwellers. The groups are aware of at least 62 unauthorised homes. Most are in Shamshuipo, Tai Kok Tsui and Wan Chai and they are estimated to house up to 10,000 people. Officials have said they cannot act against such homes because they are in private blocks of flats. 'It's just an excuse to say they can't knock on the doors of private properties. If the spirit of the Bedspace Apartment Ordinance is to safeguard people's life and property, the department should establish its own intelligence network. 'Otherwise, what's the point of passing the law,' said veteran social activist Ho Hei-wah, director of the Society for Community Organisation. 'It's their role to do so, just like it is the role of Customs officers to raid shops suspected of selling pirate CDs,' he said. Social worker Wong Shek-hung, of St James' Settlement, said that when the illegal cage homes came to light it was obvious the Government was incapable of dealing with a large number of homeless people at short notice. Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung responded to the tragedy by calling on the public to report unlicensed bedspace apartments. But social workers said they could not report the homes, because they would lose the trust of home dwellers and operators. 'It's the responsibility of the Government. Please do not put us in a difficult situation. 'We are not going to name the locations,' said Mr Ho.