An abode-seeker told an immigration assistant on the day of last year's fatal blaze to tell his family not to prepare dinner because something was to happen that night, a court heard yesterday. Immigration assistant Li Chi-kit told the Court of First Instance that he overheard claimant Sze Kwan-lung make the remark to his colleague, Kwong Yiu-ming, as Mr Kwong walked past to make a phone call home. Neither Mr Li nor Mr Kwong paid heed to what Sze said, which was 'just a throwaway line', according to the abode claimant's counsel, John McNamara. Mr Li said he would not have recalled Sze's remark if not for the blaze that followed. Mr Li also recalled Sze saying to a senior officer that he could not visit a mahjong parlour with only the street permit he had been issued. Sze demanded to be issued with an identity card. The blaze broke out in Room 1301 of Immigration Tower on August 2 last year after a group of abode-seekers allegedly splashed thinner around the room and ignited it. Sze, 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, deny 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 on August 11 last year as a result of injuries received in the blaze. Another immigration assistant, Yeung Wai-sing, testified that he, like Mr Li, saw bottles of unknown liquid passed around the room and at least one lighter being flicked. Mr Li said he saw Fu strike a lighter. Yeung Wai-sing, who said he saw two men flick lighters but named only Yeung Yee-yim, rejected a suggestion by defence counsel Niall Stirling that it was another abode claimant who lit a lighter. Yeung Wai-sing was one of the six officers deployed to remove Sze just before the fire. 'I was removing him by the right leg when there suddenly came the sound of an explosion. I then saw very strong fire,' he said. The right side of Yeung Wai-sing's body was slightly burned. He said Sze was not among the four to five people carrying bottles or lighters. The trial before Mr Justice Thomas Gall continues.