Tenants are being invited to move into a new mall built on the site of the former Garley Building in Mong Kok, in which 40 people died when a fire swept through its upper floors a decade ago. Left empty after the November 1996 fire, which was caused by a spark from welders doing maintenance work on the lift shafts, the Garley Building was bought in 2003 by property developer China Resources. The result, a glass and steel structure called JD Mall, was recently completed and property agents have begun to invite tenants to take up leases. The building has 11 floors and a basement. The bottom levels will house shops, the middle floors restaurants and the top three floors will be leased to medical practices. Pierre Wong, chief executive of Midland Realty's commercial department - one of the property agents charged with inviting leases for the mall - said he did not believe businesses would avoid the building because of the site's history. 'The old building has been knocked down and completely rebuilt, so people we have talked to who take out a lease don't seem to mind that much,' he said. Mr Wong could not say when they building would open but said it would be by the start of next year at the latest. The site is near the corner of Nathan and Jordan roads, one of the city's busiest. In the 10 years since the accident, most of the businesses around the site at the time have either closed or moved. New shops have sprung up in their place. While most of the new tenants interviewed were only vaguely aware of the tragedy, Lau Yin-ling, whose Yan Yan Fashions is located in a building opposite the site, vividly recalled the day of the inferno. 'It was just another day, and then there was all this wind and I walked out and saw all these helicopters flying low trying to rescue people from the rooftop. It was really strange. I had never seen so many people before,' said Ms Lau, whose shop, which sells school uniforms, has been on the site for 23 years. 'I remember seeing one woman banging on the window calling for help, and then fire engulfed her and she seemed to melt. It was horrible. I tried to avoid walking over there ever since.' Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Chan Siu-tong said most Mong Kok residents welcomed the new mall. He said that section of Nathan Road had been relatively quiet because people openly avoided going there for fear of bad luck. 'We hope the new mall will revitalise that section of the street,' he said.