Date
22 November 2017
Police took away a burnt air-conditioner as they investigate the cause of a deadly fire at an apartment in a public housing estate in Hong Kong Wednesday. Photo: RTHK
Police took away a burnt air-conditioner as they investigate the cause of a deadly fire at an apartment in a public housing estate in Hong Kong Wednesday. Photo: RTHK

HK apartment fire kills 3; baby in critical condition

An eight-month-old baby girl is in critical condition in a Hong Kong hospital after a fire accident at an apartment that saw the baby’s mother and two brothers die, RTHK reported Wednesday.

Police and firemen are investigating the cause of the deadly blaze which broke out at a flat on the 20th floor around 3am Wednesday at Tsui Ping Estate in Kwun Tong, the report said.

Fire fighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes after arriving at the scene, and around 200 residents were evacuated from the building at the public housing estate, according to the report.

The 33-year-old mother and her two sons, said to be aged 2 and 5, were already unconscious and had suffered burns when they were carried from the scene by fire fighters.

The baby girl and her father, a 53-year-old retired policeman, were discovered alive in the flat and were rushed to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong. The father was said to be conscious when fire fighters arrived, while the infant was unconscious.

Kwun Tong District chief inspector Chung Chi-ming said initial investigations have found nothing in particular. The fire is said to have started in the living room before spreading.

It is unclear if the blaze was caused by an electricity short-circuit, but authorities are examining a burnt-out air-conditioner for clues.

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