Three men, aged 22 to 47, have been arrested following a suspected arson attack that took place at a car parking lot of a public housing estate in Tseung Kwan O on Wednesday.
Police believe the arson case may be connected to two incidents earlier in the day, including one in which a woman was attacked by knife-wielding men at another housing complex in the same area.
Shortly after 5 am yesterday, police received a call informing them of a fire engulfing a number of cars in the parking lot of King Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O.
Firefighters rushed to the scene to battle the blaze, which was then put out at 6:40 am with no injuries reported.
The fire, which was listed by police as arson after it was found suspicious, affected a total of 53 cars.
Among the affected vehicles, 26 were burned down to a total loss while the rest saw their bodies blackened by smoke, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Following an investigation, three men were taken into custody last night.
Inquiries led the police to suspect that the King Lam Estate parking lot arson was connected to two other incidents that came to light the same day.
In one case, a woman was attacked by knife-wielding men at Sheung Tak Estate in early morning Wednesday, while in the other — an incident that took place on Shing Kai Road in Kowloon City — a private car was damaged by fire.
The Kowloon City car blaze was said to have occurred about an hour after the knife attack incident.
The police do not rule out that all of the three incidents might have something to do with triad gang disputes.
The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT), which manages and operates the affected parking lot in Tseung Kwan O, said it was investigating the fire.
Paul Law Siu-hung, chairman of the International Professional Insurance Consulting Association, said the affected car owners who have purchased comprehensive insurance can submit insurance claims to their insurance companies but have to first pay a deductible.
Law added those who have only purchased third-party insurance cannot be compensated, unless they demand compensation from those starting the arson or there is evidence if negligence of Link REIT.
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