Towering Inferno: 500 Flee as Fire Engulfs 35-Story Building in Hong Kong

Towering Inferno: 500 Flee as Fire Engulfs 35-Story Building in Hong Kong

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Some 500 people were evacuated and six received injuries as a massive blaze broke out on the surface of a 35-story residential building in Hong Kong, local media reported Wednesday.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to the South China Morning Post newspaper, the fire first occurred when the bamboo scaffolding around the building was set ablaze around the 23rd floor.

The fire was 80 meters in height and 50 meters wide, the media reported, citing Poon Wai-lun of the fire services department’s Kowloon Central division.

The authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze, according to the paper.

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