Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department has vowed to carry out safety inspections on all the 2,700 garages in the city following a deadly fire accident on Sunday.
Blasts and fire at a garage in Wong Tai Sin on April 26 has served as a wake-up call on safety issues related to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and use at garages, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Authorities began their inspections Monday, starting with some 50 garages in Wong Tai Sin. Officers were quoted as saying that they found no sign of over-storage of dangerous goods.
Michael Tien, chairman of Legco’s transport panel, said he will ask committee members and representatives from various departments to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the Sunday accident that caused three deaths.
Officials will examine the current rules to check if there are any loopholes.
The Buildings Department on Monday sought a closure order from the District Court for the four-story Wing On Mansion on Wang Fung Street where the blast-hit garage was located.
Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok chaired an interdepartmental meeting Monday to form a task force that will follow up on the accident.
An initial investigation by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department indicated that the LPG tank of a taxi that was in the garage remained intact. However, authorities did not rule out the possibility of an LPG leak.
Gas leak could have triggered the explosion, which injured 9 people apart from the three fatalities.
Meanwhile, inspectors will probe if anyone was illegally dealing with LPG in the garage.
Under the Gas Safety Ordinance, only those mechanics and garages approved by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department are eligible to conduct maintenance of LPG fuel systems. There are now about 1,100 such mechanics and 29 such approved garages in the city.
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