March 20, 2023

The hearth began on the high of the 42-storey skyscraper, which was near completion, and engulfed the scaffolding.

Firefighters in Hong Kong are battling an enormous blaze at a high-rise constructing underneath building within the Kowloon district, which has compelled the evacuation of some close by condo blocks.

Officers mentioned the fireplace broke out at 11:11pm (15:11 GMT) on Thursday within the coronary heart of densely-populated Tsim Sha Tsui, a preferred procuring and vacationer district subsequent to the harbour.

It will definitely escalated to the fourth degree of severity on a five-point scale and about 130 individuals dwelling in three buildings close by had been evacuated early on Friday amid considerations the fireplace may unfold.

A number of flooring of the construction – together with scaffolding – had been on fireplace and burning particles floated within the air. Some fell to the bottom.

By about 8am (00:00 GMT), the federal government mentioned that whereas the fireplace was underneath management, crews had been nonetheless battling the blaze.

A crowd of people gathered behind a cordon to watch the fire.  A woman at the front has her hand over her mouth and looks shocked
The hearth in Tsim Sha Tsui attracted dozens of onlookers [Louise Delmotte/AP Photo]

Police mentioned six adjoining buildings, together with the three the place the evacuation came about and the Sheraton Hong Kong Lodge & Towers, additionally caught fireplace, however the blazes had been extinguished. No casualties had been reported.

The hearth, which was clearly seen throughout the harbor within the night time sky, attracted crowds of onlookers.

The 42-story skyscraper that caught fireplace was nearing completion and a part of a 6 billion Hong Kong greenback ($764 million) redevelopment mission by the developer Empire Group.

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