Rescuers search for survivors at the scene of the fire in 1996. Picture: SCMP

The deadly Hong Kong hill fire that claimed the lives of three students and two teachers in 1996

  • The Pat Sin Leng Country Park fire was sparked by cigarettes or a lighter used by some of the students
  • The hike came at the height of the dry season; as well as those killed, five survivors suffered severe burns. The 1996 fire prompted a tightening of park safety
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Rescuers search for survivors at the scene of the fire in 1996. Picture: SCMP
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