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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

More than 200 people flee Hong Kong government building as fire breaks out in store room

No injuries reported in first-alarm blaze at Harbour Building on Pier Road in Central

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 June, 2018, 2:43pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 June, 2018, 5:03pm

More than 200 employees fled from a government office block in Hong Kong’s busy financial district when a store room in the building caught fire on Tuesday.

Police were notified by a security guard soon after 11am, and emergency crews were called in when smoke emerged from the ground-floor room of Harbour Building on Pier Road in Central.

Firefighters put out early morning third-alarm blaze at old industrial building

About 210 people had fled to the ground floor before emergency personnel arrived, according to a government spokesman.

He said firefighters used a water jet to battle the blaze and it was extinguished by 11.22am. No casualties were reported.

Eight fire engines and one ambulance were deployed for the first-alarm fire. Fires in Hong Kong are rated on a scale of one to five with five being the most severe.

A police spokeswoman said a short circuit was the suspected cause.