Translator:Doco文鼎; Reviewer: Wencheng
According to Hong Kong media reports, the burning scene was located in a house at No. 562 Canton Road. The building was 5 stories high. Most of the residents were South Asians, especially Nepalese. Fire Services Department-Ambulance Supervisor Tang Sihao said that 18 of the injured were sent to 4 hospitals for emergency treatment, of which 7 died finally. Most of the others suffered from inhalation injuries, unconsciousness, burns and foot injuries during escape.
Yau Ma Tei police officer Yiheng Lin said that 4 men and 3 women (aged 9 to 40) were killed in the fire, and 6 men and 5 women (aged 13 to 46) were injured. The room involved in the incident was a restaurant that was carrying out a celebration at the time. During the celebration, an object caught fire, and all the dead and injured were ethnic minorities and they are relatives. It is known that the dead and injured included Nepalese and Indian nationals. The case was handed over to the Crime Squad of West Kowloon Region.
Yau Tsim Mong District Councillor Chen Jialang said that there are more Nepalese in Jordan, and the cause of the fire is still unknown, but some hearsay indicated that the fire was caused by lighting. He also pointed out that yesterday was the traditional festival of Diwali for the Indians and Nepalese. They would light up small lamps on the floor of their homes, as many as they wish, to pray for “Let the light overcome the darkness”. However, the festival has ended yesterday and will not be lighted again today. Therefore, it is not certain whether the festival is related to the fire.
According to news from Hong Kong media on the 16th, Carrie Lam arrived at the fire scene at about 8:30 in the morning to inspect the fire and listened to several firefighters explaining the incident. A firefighter held a document to explain the situation to Carrie Lam. Carrie Lam stayed outside the fire building for about 10 minutes and then left.
Carrie Lam expressed extreme grief over the incident and has instructed relevant departments to spare no effort to treat the injured people and take care about the aftermath, including investigating the cause of the fire and serious casualties.
Carrie Lam instructed the relevant departments to treat the wounded with all their effort and went to the scene for inspection yesterday morning, but only stayed for ten minutes and then left quickly, causing Hong Kong netizens to criticize the inspection time for being too short. Netizens also doubt about the purpose of Lim’s comming.