Falling debris – Hong Kong: Skyscraper burns like a torch

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Falling debris – Hong Kong: Skyscraper burns like a torch

A huge fire broke out late Thursday evening in a large shopping area in Hong Kong. It took 250 firefighters nine hours to extinguish the flames in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. The strong wind caused the fire to spread to neighboring buildings.

About 170 people have been evacuated from a nearby shopping center after a fire broke out in a skyscraper late Thursday night, the government said. The emergency services who were quickly on the scene extinguished the flames until the early hours.

Building materials made extinguishing work more difficult
According to local media, several upper floors of the building were on fire and flaming falling debris, including bamboo scaffolding, also sparked smaller fires in neighboring buildings. Building materials stored in the building also made it difficult to extinguish the fire.

High-rise project of 42 floors
It was not until 08:00 (local time) that the deputy fire chief announced that the fire could be extinguished. However, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The building is a 42-story Empire Group project that will house the city’s Mariners Club and a hotel, according to the company’s website.

Source: Krone

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