An abode claimant wearing a camouflage hat was the first to catch fire in last year's fatal Immigration Tower blaze, but he stood still while others - some also on fire - dashed out of the smoke-filled room, a court heard yesterday. Immigration assistant Chu Chi-shing video-taped his colleagues extinguishing flames on people who managed to escape from Room 1301 on August 2 last year. What Mr Chu did not record, but described to a jury yesterday, were scenes of some claimants opening bottles they were carrying and smelling - not drinking - the contents before putting the caps back on. Prosecutors have said the bottles contained thinner which was splashed moments before the 20-square-metre office was engulfed in fire shortly before 6pm. Sze Kwan-lung, 24, Pang Hon-kwan, 40, Fu Mo, 38, Lam Hing-luen, 27, brothers Yeung Yee-ping, 29, and Yeung Yee-yim, 38, and Chau Hung-chuen, 30, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one of arson. They are accused of murdering migrant Lam Siu-sing, 26, and senior immigration officer Leung Kam-kwong, 42, who both died of burn injuries in hospital on August 11 last year. Mr Chu's video, played in the Court of First Instance, recorded a conversation between Sze, the alleged ringleader, and Leung just before the blaze. 'Your comrade said to me that my life's precious. What's meant by that?' Leung asked Sze. 'That is to say, you're born under a lucky star. It didn't have any special meaning, praising you for being smart . . . wealthy . . . licking your shoes,' Sze replied. Once the blaze broke out, Mr Chu said he saw fire 'all over' Leung. Standing still in the room was a claimant wearing a camouflage hat who Mr Chu said was the first to catch fire. The man, who has not been identified by name in court, was engulfed in fire and was one of the three men Mr Chu said he saw splashing liquid around. One of the others was a claimant in a grey T-shirt who was later filmed running half-naked out of the room. The man had soot covering his head and upper body and was later recorded sitting in the corridor with other claimants, including a crying woman. The trial before Mr Justice Thomas Gall continues.