A 56-year-old woman was found dead in a fire that razed ten houses at Cha Kwo Ling Village in Yau Tong in the early hours of Thursday.
The victim, surnamed Tsai, was living by herself since moving into the village several years ago, Apple Daily reports.
Tsai, who had reportedly moved to Hong Kong from Taiwan, was divorced and had no children.
Cha Kwo Ling Village is one of the few squatter areas that have remained in Hong Kong’s urban areas, along with Lei Yue Mun and Po Fu Lam.
There were around 600 houses mostly made of iron-zinc plates at Cha Kwo Ling, where some 3,000 people were residing.
Fire broke out at an abandoned house in the village around midnight and soon spread to other houses nearby.
A male villager surnamed Cheng heard Tsai crying for help from one of the burning houses, but he dared not go into the room to save her after he heard a minor explosion.
Neighbors said Tsai was a kind-hearted person who used to work as a cleaner in Kwun Tong, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Tsai had had a foot surgery due to an infection and had since been unable to walk properly, her neighbors said.
She used to help a 90-year-old villager on a regular basis by cooking dinner for him.
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