Two injured in blaze at Hong Kong construction site, more than 250 firefighters deployed to tackle third-alarm blaze

More than 250 firefighters took around four hours to extinguish a blaze at a Hong Kong construction site that left two workers hospitalized on Thursday.

Emergency personnel were called when the fire broke out in a two-storey steel structure at the site on Hoi Kok Street under a flyover of Tsuen Wan Road in Tsuen Wan at 6:38 a.m. The site is managed by the Department of Drainage Services and its contractor.

The 15m by 20m structure, used for offices and rest areas, was badly burned in the blaze, belching clouds of black smoke that led to a section of the flyover temporarily closing at the traffic.

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The fire was escalated to a third-alarm fire at 6:50 a.m. Fires in the city are rated on a scale of one to five according to their severity.

Sixty fire engines and nine ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Fire Department Divisional Senior Officer Lo Kit-hung said 290 firefighters and paramedics were deployed to the incident.

“It was upgraded to a third-alarm fire because the fire covered a large area and the fire spread quickly,” he said, adding that the intense heat had bent part of the structure, which posed a security risk.

Firefighters fought the blaze with four jets, bringing it under control at 10:32 a.m. and extinguishing it at 10:50 a.m.

Two workers suffered broken or scraped limbs while jumping or running out of the structure. They were taken to Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan for treatment.

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Lo said no dangerous goods were stored at the site and the department was investigating the cause of the fire.

The environmental protection department said in a statement at 8:58 a.m.: “Air quality data collected at the Tsuen Wan district air monitoring station showed no abnormalities for the moment.

“Audience members of Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi and Kwai Chung may be affected by the smoke and the unusual smell carried by the wind. Therefore, members of the public are advised to close their doors and windows if necessary and to remain calm.

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Alice F. Ponder