Ms Wu, pictured, and her husband and daughter escaped through a back door hidden behind their bed. They had never opened the door in the 11 years they had lived there, and did not even know if it opened. Photo: Dickson Lee
Ms Wu, pictured, and her husband and daughter escaped through a back door hidden behind their bed. They had never opened the door in the 11 years they had lived there, and did not even know if it opened. Photo: Dickson Lee

No way out: How Hong Kong’s subdivided flats are leaving some residents in fire traps

One family’s escape from a blaze at a Cheung Sha Wan building highlights risks from bad fire safety at buildings housing many more people than they were designed to. But the law restrains officials from acting

Ms Wu, pictured, and her husband and daughter escaped through a back door hidden behind their bed. They had never opened the door in the 11 years they had lived there, and did not even know if it opened. Photo: Dickson Lee
Ms Wu, pictured, and her husband and daughter escaped through a back door hidden behind their bed. They had never opened the door in the 11 years they had lived there, and did not even know if it opened. Photo: Dickson Lee
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