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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

One killed and two injured in fire at Hong Kong public housing estate

  • The blaze broke out in a flat in Heng Fung House at Heng On Estate in Ma On Shan shortly before 5am.
  • Police say the fire started when the deceased, a 27-year-old man, burned charcoal in an attempted suicide
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 9:13am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 3:04pm

A 27-year-old man was killed and two others injured in a fire at a Hong Kong public housing estate on Tuesday morning, in what police say was a suicide.

The blaze broke out in a flat on the eighth floor of Heng Fung House at Heng On Estate in Ma On Shan shortly before 5am.

Police received calls from residents and evacuated around 350 people.

A police spokesman said firefighters found the unconscious man in the bedroom and he was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where he was declared dead.

The man’s five pet cats were also found dead in his eighth-floor flat.

Initial investigations showed the flat burst into flames after the deceased lit charcoal in his bedroom in a suicide attempt, according to police.

The police spokesman said burned charcoal was found in the man’s bedroom and a suicide note found at the scene.

The victim’s two neighbours – a 74-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman – felt unwell after inhaling smoke in the incident. The pair were taken in a conscious state to Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment.

According to the Fire Services Department, 10 fire engines and three ambulances were dispatched to the scene, with the deployment of more than 50 firefighters and paramedics.

The fire broke out in the eighth-floor flat at 4.44am and it was extinguished at 4.59am.

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo