Date
24 April 2018
A long fire line stretches across the top of a hill overlooking residential buildings on Hong Po Road in Lam Tei, Tuen Mun on Wednesday. Photos: TVB News/Janice Siu/Facebook
A long fire line stretches across the top of a hill overlooking residential buildings on Hong Po Road in Lam Tei, Tuen Mun on Wednesday. Photos: TVB News/Janice Siu/Facebook

Tuen Mun villagers evacuated as hill fire rages

A major fire that broke out in the New Territories on Wednesday continued to rage on Thursday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of villagers.

The blaze started at around 1 p.m. on a hill from across Hong Po Road in Lam Tei, at the northern end of Tuen Mun, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and battled the blaze. However, the fire showed no sign of abating and became even stronger toward the evening.

A photo taken at the scene showed a long fire line at the top of the hill, stretching about several hundreds of meters and lighting up the night sky, not far from residential buildings.

Worrying that residents in the nearby Sai Hang Mei Tsuen might be at risk, firefighters and police officers started evacuating some of them.

Aside from multiple water hoses, firefighters also used fire beaters to quell the fire. “Water bombs” were also dropped from a helicopter from the Government Flying Service.

As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, the fire was still raging, Apple Daily reported.

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