Date
22 September 2017
CCTV footage showed a woman moving suspiciously on a Mong Kok street before a fire breaks out. Photos: tvb.com, Apple Daily
CCTV footage showed a woman moving suspiciously on a Mong Kok street before a fire breaks out. Photos: tvb.com, Apple Daily

Police look for woman after arson incidents in Mong Kok

Police are searching for a female suspect after four arson incidents that took place in quick succession Thursday night in Mong Kok.

According to the criminal investigation team of Mong Kok Police Station, a woman in her 30s may have set back-to-back fires in the area deliberately around midnight, Apple Daily reports.

The first fire was reported at about 11:41 pm in an alley on Canton Road.

Just as firemen were trying to put it out, another fire was reported at a store on Ferry Street. A few minutes later, a motorbike was found in flames on Shantung Street.

On top of these incidents, officers received information of a blaze at a vegetable stall on Nam Tau Street.

All the fires were extinguished, but firemen had to exert a lot of effort as the four incidents were reported almost simultaneously.

Launching an investigation, police scanned footage from CCTV cameras in the area.

Visuals from a security device installed outside the vegetable stall showed a woman walking and taking out a lighter before she set fire to some boxes, news website hk01.com reports.

The footage, along with evidence gathered from some other security cameras, prompted the police to launch a search operation.

Officers described the suspect as being 1.6 meters tall. At the time of the incidents, she was wearing blue jeans and had her hair in a ponytail.

It is believed that she was responsible for all the four fires as the venues were not far from each other and the incidents took place within a short span of time.

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