Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Fire at Tin Shui Wai public housing estate in Hong Kong forces evacuation of 100 people and leaves two unconscious

Blaze suspected to have started in a flat bedroom

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 9:01pm

Two siblings were sent unconscious to hospital on Saturday while about 100 people were evacuated after a fire broke out at a Tin Shui Wai public housing estate in Hong Kong.

The pair – a woman, 19, and her brother, 21 – were in critical condition on Saturday.

The blaze was reported by the woman at 1.36pm and broke out in a flat on the 38th floor of Heng Lok House at Tin Heng Estate. The woman claimed she was trapped along with her family members in the burning home.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find one of the men unconscious in the lift lobby and the woman passed out on a staircase.

The two were sent to Tin Shui Wai Hospital. The woman was later transferred to Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, while the man was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital.

About 100 people were evacuated from the building, and the fire was put out at 2.45pm.

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The Fire Services Department said nobody else was found injured at the scene after an initial investigation. The authority said it would look into what caused the blaze.

“We suspect the fire started in a bedroom of the flat,” assistant divisional officer Wu Man-to said. “We will not rule out that the fire could have been related to an electrical appliance in the room or not carefully handling a fire source.”