A paging company forced to suspend its service because of the devastation caused by the Garley fire has launched a damages action for more than $22.8 million against those it holds responsible for the blaze. Pacific Link Communications, which operated from the Garley Building in Nathan Road, feared a mass cancellation of subscriptions by its customers, says a High Court writ. It was forced to take emergency measures which included establishing a temporary operations centre in another building, hiring new equipment and offering customers free services for two months to encourage them to stay with the company. The cost incurred as a result was $22,805,776, says the writ. Pacific Link had premises on the third and 11th floors of the Garley Building. Members of its staff were trapped in the building for hours during the November 1996 fire, and 35 were injured. Pacific Link targets Ryoden Lift and Escalator Co, Hop Cheong Engineering Co and Kwan Kee Construction Co in the damages action, accusing them of negligence.