Fire in Hong Kong alley: 4 S'poreans evacuated

Fire in Hong Kong alley: 4 S'poreans evacuated
Fire and Rescue team inspecting damage caused by a fire at a furniture factory in Bukit Rambai, Malacca, yesterday.

At least 23 people were injured in yesterday after a fire broke out in an alleyway next to a residential building in North Point, on Hong Kong Island.

The South China Morning Post reported that 74 residents of Continental Mansion were forced to evacuate as smoke from the ground floor blaze billowed upwards and into flats.

Channel NewsAsia reported that four Singaporeans were among those who were evacuated. It said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was rendering them assistance.

It is unclear what condition the Singaporeans are in.

One of them, who was not named in the report, told a TV station that he escaped from the roof of the building and went down a staircase before moving to another block.

Mr Yu Chung-keung, regional commander for the fire department's Hong Kong East division, said that the fire started on the ground floor outside the staircase entrance.

It spread via the bamboo scaffolding and mesh.

"A third-floor guesthouse suffered fire damage", he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The report said that of the 23 injured, nine were in critical condition and four were seriously injured.

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Two of the victims were unconscious when they were rescued from the building.

Some residents were evacuated to a nearby church and others to the Causeway Bay Community Centre.

Emergency services received the first call at about 7.20am. Firefighters arrived in five minutes. The blaze was put out at about 9.20am.


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