A VIP lounge inside the restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport caught fire on Friday night, but nobody was hurt. At 9.50pm, the fabric surrounding construction work at Hong Kong Airlines’ VIP area on the second floor of Terminal One’s midfield concourse caught fire and quickly spread to the entire lounge. Airport Authority staff evacuated passengers nearby and reported the incident to the police. Firefighters were sent to the scene, located near gate 212, after the Fire Service Department received a No 2 alarm. The authority said in a statement that the fire was put out at 10.10pm and that no passengers were injured. “The operation of the airport was not interrupted,” it added. A passenger surnamed Wong told Apple Daily she suddenly heard other people screaming “Fire! Fire!” when she realised what was happening. “I thought it was a projecting light from a distance. Then I realised it was a fire when I looked closer,” she said. “It got bigger and bigger.” The department said that because the fire took place in a heavily trafficked location – similar to that of a hospital, hotel or a transport site – it was immediately treated as a No 2 alarm fire.