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Hong Kong fire traps 150 people on roof of 39-storey building

HONG KONG — One person was injured after a fire broke out at Hong Kong's World Trade Centre in the bustling commercial and shopping district of Causeway Bay, the government said on Wednesday (Dec 15), with media reporting dozens of people trapped inside.

Hong Kong fire traps 150 people on roof of 39-storey building

Rescue workers carry a victim to an ambulance after a fire broke out at the World Trade Centre in Hong Kong on Dec 15, 2021.

HONG KONG — About 150 people were trapped on the roof of Hong Kong's World Trade Centre on Wednesday (Dec 15) after a fire broke out in the building located in the bustling Causeway Bay commercial and shopping district, police said.

Police told Reuters 13 people were taken to hospital, one of them semi-conscious. City authorities said firefighters were battling the blaze with two high-powered hoses, using ladders and breathing apparatus in the effort to rescue those trapped.

Shoppers and office workers streamed out of the building as smoke billowed from it. Police halted traffic on some major roads next to the 39-floor World Trade Centre, which is home to restaurants, offices and shops.

About 100 people moved from a restaurant to the top 39th floor when the fire broke out and smoke filled the dining area, broadcaster RTHK quoted police as saying.

Media said the fire broke out in a utility room on a lower level of the shopping mall at noon before spreading to bamboo scaffolding surrounding the block.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. REUTERS

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