HK man escapes predawn blaze in New Territories flat, but three of his cats are killed

21-Apr-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

A 30-year-old Hong Kong man managed to escape his burning New Territories flat without injury after being awakened by choking smoke, though three of his cats were killed in the predawn blaze on Monday.

An initial investigation indicated a short circuit was the suspected cause of the fire, which took place in a first-floor flat at the Parkview Garden on Chui Pak Road in Tin Shui Wai, according to police.

The man was asleep in one of the bedrooms when the fire broke out in the flat’s living room at about 3.20am. The man’s mother and younger brother, who also lived in the flat, were at work at the time of the blaze.

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“There was dense smoke. I inhaled smoke and my face was blackened, as I stayed briefly before running out of the flat,” he said.

The man, who was uninjured in the incident, said an electric massager was being charged in the living room where the blaze started, though it was not known whether it caused the fire.

According to police, firefighters pulled seven shorthair cats out of the flat, three of which were declared dead at the scene.

Inspectors from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were called in to see to the four others.

“The SPCA inspector sent the four surviving cats, with one in a critical condition, to our Wan Chai centre for veterinary inspection,” the group’s spokeswoman said.

According to the Fire Services Department, five fire engines and one ambulance were sent to the scene. Firefighters had extinguished the flames by 3.41am.

A spokesman for the fire department said there was nothing suspicious about the blaze, though authorities were still investigating the exact cause.

Separately, firefighters rescued an 18-year-old girl from her flat after it burst into flames at Tsz Lok Estate in Tsz Wan Shan at about 8.22am on Monday. Firefighters managed to douse the blaze, and no casualties were reported.

Last Friday, a 47-year-old woman, her two daughters and her granddaughter were killed in a fire at their public housing flat in Kwun Tong. The woman’s husband was also critically injured in the blaze.

Police said a lithium battery in an electric massage chair in the flat was suspected of overheating and causing the piece of furniture to burst into flames. The fire department said a task force had been set up to investigate the cause of the blaze.


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