Date
28 March 2017
Investigators have found an accelrant outside the two flats where the fire broke out, leading to suspicions the blaze was started deliberately. Photos: RTHK
Investigators have found an accelrant outside the two flats where the fire broke out, leading to suspicions the blaze was started deliberately. Photos: RTHK

Deadly Kennedy Town fire may have been deliberate

Saturday’s Kennedy Town fire which killed four people may have been started deliberately.

Public broadcaster RTHK is citing early investigations by the Fire Services Department which indicate the possibility of arson.

The fire broke out in a building in Lung Wah Street around 1.40 a.m. on Saturday.

Dozens of people were evacuated before the fire was put out about two hours later.

Police said firefighters later found the bodies of a three-year-old girl and her mother in a flat on the 13th floor.

The body of a 63-year-old man was found in the opposite flat.

Police said the man had a history of mental illness and had repeatedly complained to the police and the Housing Society about noise, according to RTHK.

The body of the girl’s father was found on the ground floor.

The man might have fallen off the building while trying to escape the blaze, investigators said.

Firemen said an accelerant was found outside the two flats where the fire broke out. Arson investigators are on the case.

Police are also looking into the relationship between the two households.

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