Date
22 July 2017
A concrete slab hangs precariously after a balcony gave way in an old Chinese tenement building in Hung Hom in the early hours of Wednesday. Photo: tvb.com
A concrete slab hangs precariously after a balcony gave way in an old Chinese tenement building in Hung Hom in the early hours of Wednesday. Photo: tvb.com

Balcony collapses at old tenement building in Hung Hom

An old Chinese tenement building in Hung Hom saw a balcony at one of its units suddenly collapse in the wee hours of Wednesday, startling dozens of residents of the housing facility.

A large amount of concrete fell down to the ground along with some objects, but luckily no passer-by was injured in the incident, news website hk01.com reports.

The accident happened at about 2 am, when an amber signal for potential heavy rain was in effect.

Residents in the six-story building located on Gillies Avenue South woke up from their sleep as they heard a loud noise.

Peering out their windows, they found that a balcony on a second floor unit had broken away and fallen to the ground.

Calls were placed to authorities to inform them about the incident.

Police officers and firemen arrived at the scene quickly and helped evacuate more than 20 residents, none of whom was hurt.

The ground in the neighborhood was cordoned off to prevent people from entering.

Firemen left at about 5 am after confirming no one was trapped in the building.

The Home Affairs Department made arrangements for all the evacuated residents to temporarily stay at the community hall of Kowloon City Government Offices in To Kwa Wan.

Apple Daily reported there are multiple sub-divided flats in the building, which had been in a state of disrepair. 

Among the residents, many were students. Only the second, third and fifth floors of the building were said to be occupied.

Following the balcony collapse, the Buildings Department will conduct an investigation to determine if the old tenement building is still safe for people to live in.

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