HONG KONG – Authorities in Hong Kong stated a minimum of seven individuals have been killed and 11 inured in a fireplace at an condo constructing that will have began at a Hindu spiritual gathering.
The blaze broke out Sunday night time in Yau Ma Tei, a often bustling space in Kowloon filled with outdated condo blocks, outlets and companies.
The hearth began in what seemed to be a restaurant that was positioned in an condo in a residential constructing, hearth officers stated at a information convention early Monday. Officers stated the reason for the hearth was nonetheless unknown.
The constructing lacked a sprinkler system and other people have been trapped behind the kitchen, in keeping with hearth providers division officer Cheung Kwong-yuen.
Native media reviews stated that folks within the restaurant have been celebrating Diwali, a Hindu competition, in addition to a birthday when the blaze occurred. Lit candles had set soundproofing supplies on hearth, in keeping with the media reviews.
The Hong Kong authorities reported those that died as 4 males and three girls aged 8 to 38. The hearth is reportedly the deadliest since a 2011 blaze that killed 9 individuals
The condo, on the primary ground of a low-rise constructing, had a few of its home windows blown out through the hearth and the outside partitions have been charred with soot. The constructing was cordoned off Monday whereas policemen stood guard.
Residents within the neighborhood stated that many Nepalese dwell within the space, and that the individuals caught within the hearth have been from the South Asian nation, a lot of whose residents work in Hong Kong’s finance, retail and safety companies.
Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam issued a press release shortly after midnight saying that she was “deeply saddened that the hearth in Yau Ma Tei final night time brought about numerous deaths and accidents.” She additionally visited the positioning of the hearth Monday morning.
The incident highlights hearth issues of safety in older buildings in Hong Kong, a few of which aren’t adequately outfitted with applicable hearth security administration techniques. Lethal fires was an everyday incidence in Hong Kong, one of many world’s most densely populated cities, however have dwindled lately as the federal government applied stricter hearth security measures.
This story has been corrected to point out that 11 individuals have been injured within the hearth, not 12.
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