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Ngau Tau Kok fire

Facebook salute to firefighters by Andy Lau, Eric Tsang, Sammo Hung and Eason Chan draws support from Hong Kong politicians and celebrities

Song in their honour also in the works, as city acknowledges work of firefighters in putting out 108-hour Ngau Tau Kok blaze that claimed two lives

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 2016, 12:58pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 June, 2016, 4:06pm

Hong Kong stars and singers have joined hands in showing support for the city’s firefighters, who spent more than 108 hours fighting the inferno last week, losing two of their colleagues.

The “Salute to Our Firefighters” campaign was launched on Sunday by a group of artistes, veteran actors Andy Lau Tak-wah, Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Sammo Hung Kam-bo and Canto-pop star Eason Chan Yik-shun.

They urged people to upload to Facebook a picture of themselves holding a piece of paper with the message “Salute to our firefighters” in one hand and an electric torch or a phone with its light on in the other.

A song in honour of the firefighters is also in the works.

The four stars have already uploaded their photos, and movie stars as well as politicians have followed suit.

These include actor Jackie Chan, Canto-pop singer Julian Cheung Chi-lam, Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun and the home affairs minister’s political assistant Caspar Tsui Ying-wai.

The “Salute to Our Firefighters” campaign’s Facebook page has been liked by more than 3,000 internet users.

Apart from the photos, a group of singers involved in the campaign also recorded a song to pay tribute to Hong Kong firefighters. It is based on Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jonathan Lee’s Real Hero, but 29-year-old Abrahim Chan Wing-him was commissioned to rewrite the lyrics.

The song is in post-production and will make its debut at 7pm on Tuesday on nine Hong Kong television and radio stations.

Since Friday, Hongkongers have been paying tribute to the two firefighters who died battling the blaze by signing condolence books at the Kwun Tong fire station and the fire service’s training academy at Tseung Kwan O.

Before the fire was put out on Saturday, boxes of noodles and rice, as well as beverages such as tea and water, were carried to the frontline by enthusiastic citizens to show their gratitude towards the crew.