Major Fire Breaks Updates: Hundreds of people were trapped on the rooftop of a Hong Kong skyscraper when a large fire broke out on Wednesday, and firefighters rescued them. After several hours, the fire service announced that the blaze had been extinguished. Hundreds more individuals squeezed into tight areas on the fifth floor’s open air area, gazing over the edge as they awaited rescue, in addition to those on the roof. Firefighters utilized an extension ladder to reach them. Firefighters evacuated 770 people from the building, according to Ng Yau Sheung, senior divisional officer of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department.
He claimed that another 40 people were left alone. At least 13 people were sent to the hospital for treatment, according to authorities. Three of them were hurt, and 10 others suffered from smoke inhalation. The fire broke out in the early afternoon at the World Trade Centre on Gloucester Road in the city’s iconic Causeway Bay shopping district, according to a government statement. The 38story tower houses both offices and a commercial mall.
Smoke billowed from the structure, and individuals trapped inside captured photos and videos of limited visibility as smoke filled the skyscraper’s cafés and stairwells. The fire erupted on the building’s bottom two stories, which are home to a mall undergoing major renovations. authorities have stated.
The fire services system in the mall area had been shut off, according to fire department officer Ng. “If the system is under repair,” he added at a news conference Wednesday evening, “it’s possible that the contractor will shut down the damaged area.” Authorities said they were still looking into whether or not there were any violations of fire safety laws.
Major Fire Breaks Out In Hong Kong
Authorities had previously informed local media that about 300 people had escaped to the top of the building while waiting to be rescued. According to preliminary police investigations, the fire started in the electrical switch room on the first floor of the retail centre before spreading to the scaffolding that surrounds part of the structure, according to the local daily South China Morning Post. According to authorities, the fire was under control by 3:06 p.m. and was mostly put out by 4:30 p.m. The fire service dispatched 176 personnel to the scene. Two breathing equipment teams and two water jets were dispatched to aid in the combat, according to officials.
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