Three people in hospital after fire in Hong Kong tenement block
- Thirty residents had fled the building by the time firefighters arrived
Three people were in hospital on Friday morning after a fire broke out in a nine-storey tenement block in Hong Kong.
Emergency services were called at 9.47am when a first-floor subdivided flat burst into flames in Kam Ning House, a 47-year-old block on Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po.
Nine fire engines and three ambulances were sent to the scene, according to the Fire Services Department.
A spokeswoman for the department said 30 residents fled the building before firefighters arrived.
She said firefighters used a water jet to battle the blaze, which was extinguished at 10.09am. The subdivided flat was severely damaged.
“Three residents – two men aged 42 and 70 and a woman, 67 – complained of feeling unwell after inhaling smoke,” she said. The three were sent to hospital.
A police spokesman said the fire was believed to have been caused by a short circuit in a fridge and an initial investigation found nothing suspicious.
Shortly after the blaze was put out, affected residents were allowed to return home.