Thirteen people were taken to hospitals Wednesday after a fire broke out at Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre, officials told broadcaster RTHK.
All were being treated for smoke inhalation, according to Matthew Cheung, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ director. Five are in the intensive care unit, Cheung said.
There were eight residents and four visitors in the building at the time of the fire, which was put out in an hour, Cheung said. All were accounted for.
The fire was apparently started accidentally when a breaker box came into contact with a working one, Cheung said.
“A glitch occurred somewhere in the electrical connection and caused the disconnection of the power supply to one floor, causing a fire on the other floor,” Cheung said.
There’s no indication that the fire is related to a blaze that occurred in a neighbouring office building Monday evening, Cheung said. That fire destroyed five floors of the building and burned through to the first floor.
“There are lots of suggestions but we don’t know the cause. At this point, we don’t know the reason behind the fire,” Cheung said.
The World Trade Centre, whose opening date is unclear, is made up of nearly 500 storeys of office towers, including the tallest skyscraper in Asia, the 58-story One Hong Kong Square.
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