Firefighters struggle to control the blaze at the Wing On godown, in 1948.

How one of the worst fires in Hong Kong’s history started, taking the lives of 176 people

An explosion in a Wing On godown on Des Voeux Road West that contained dangerous goods sparked the blaze, which raged for hours, taking on ‘ever-more-menacing proportions’

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Firefighters struggle to control the blaze at the Wing On godown, in 1948.
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