Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Three people in hospital after fire in Hong Kong tenement block

  • Thirty residents had fled the building by the time firefighters arrived
PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 1:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 1:56pm

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.

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Shortly after the blaze was put out, affected residents were allowed to return home.