5 fatalities found in New Lucky House, located in stairwell between 7th floor, 2nd-floor corridor, and 1st-floor canopy, free rooms provided by 5 hotels for affected residents

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Andy Yeung

10th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A devastating fire engulfed a fitness centre located at New Lucky House, 13-15 Jordan Road in the early hours of today, resulting in multiple individuals being trapped and sustaining burn injuries. The incident, which occurred at approximately 7:53 am, prompted an immediate response from rescue personnel who rushed to the scene to save those affected. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Fire Services Department swiftly escalated the fire to a No.3 alarm incident at 8.04am, leading to the deployment of aerial ladders for the rescue operation.

As of 10.41am, a total of 19 individuals have been hospitalised, with five of them suffering severe injuries and tragically succumbing to their wounds. Among those rushed to the hospital during the fire incident, there were seven men and twelve women. Regrettably, three men and two women lost their lives in this tragic event. Disturbingly, some of the injured individuals had their faces blackened as they were transported in ambulances.

In response to this catastrophic incident, Director of Fire Services, Andy Yeung, expressed his condolences to the families of those affected by the fire. He assured the public that the Fire Services Department takes this event extremely seriously and will establish a dedicated task force, led by a senior fire officer, to investigate the causes of the fire and the factors contributing to the high number of casualties.

Commander Lam Kin Kwan, responsible for Kowloon South, provided details about the fire and the rescue operation. The fire was reported at 7.53 am, and within three minutes, firefighting personnel arrived at the scene. Due to the fierce blaze and multiple distress calls, the fire was upgraded to a No.3 alarm incident at 8:04 am. By 8.54am, the fire had been contained, and by approximately 10.30am, it was largely extinguished. The fire primarily affected the first and second floors, covering an area of 20 meters by 20 meters. In total, 41 individuals suffered injuries during the fire.

Commander Lam further clarified that the fire originated in the lobby of the first and second floors, adjacent to the fitness centre, and did not involve any hotels. However, there are several licensed hotels on the first and second floors. The entire building comprises over 30 licensed hotels and subdivided units, and no evidence of structural modifications was observed by the fire department.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Tong Tsz Ho, responsible for Kowloon West and Lantau, provided information about the emergency medical response. Ambulance personnel treated a total of 41 injured individuals at the scene, including 16 men and 25 women, ranging in age from 18 to 94. Of the injured, 38 were transported to hospitals, while three individuals refused hospitalization after receiving on-site treatment. Among those admitted to hospitals, five individuals tragically lost their lives. The primary causes of death were burn injuries and inhalation injuries. Due to the urgency of the rescue operation, the nationalities of the injured individuals are yet to be determined, but they include both Chinese and non-Chinese residents.

Regarding the locations where the 5 deceased individuals were found, one person was found in the stairwell between the 7th and 8th floors, three people were found in the 2nd-floor corridor, and one person is suspected to have fallen from a height to the 1st-floor canopy.

Lam also mentioned that the fire originated in the lobby on the 1st and 2nd floors, near the fitness centre, and did not involve the hotel. There are multiple licensed guesthouses on the 1st and 2nd floors. The entire building has over 30 licensed guesthouses and subdivided units, and no structural modifications were observed by the fire department. The fire department discovered a large number of adhesive materials, such as lightboxes, on the 1st floor, and investigations will be conducted to determine if dense smoke was a contributing factor.

Meanwhile, spokesperspon from the Criminal Investigation Division of West Kowloon, urged witnesses of the fire to contact the police with any relevant information. The police will conduct a criminal investigation to determine if anyone is liable for the incident.

As residents sought help from their windows, waving towels for assistance, the fire broke out at New Lucky House on Jordan Road at around 7.53 am today. The fire trapped and injured multiple individuals, prompting a massive rescue operation. At 8.04am, the Fire Services Department raised the fire alarm to No.3 and deployed multiple aerial ladders to assist residents in evacuating the building. By 8.54am, the fire was contained, and approximately 150 people were safely evacuated.

At least 40 individuals have been transported to hospitals, with three men and two women losing their lives. Some of the injured victims had their faces blackened as they were transported in ambulances. Around 8.30am, firefighters rescued an unconscious male victim who was later pronounced dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after resuscitation efforts. Another female victim was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital but unfortunately could not be saved. Additionally, a woman fell from a height and was in a state of unconsciousness. She was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

Around 12.58 pm, Chris Tang, the Secretary for Security, arrived at the scene of the fire and boarded the Fire Services Department’s mobile command vehicle, accompanied by the Deputy Director of Fire Services. Subsequently, Chris Tang changed into firefighting attire and joined Director of Fire Services Andy Yeung to inspect the situation on-site.

Meanwhile, Edward Leung Hei, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) in the Legislative Council, has contacted hotels in the Yau Tsim Mong District to provide free rooms for the affected residents.

The participating hotels include Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok, The Mira Hong Kong, Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Mongkok, Travelodge Kowloon, and One Dundas Serviced Apartments. Currently, they have collectively provided approximately 20 rooms for affected residents to stay in until the building is unsealed. Individuals in need can contact the Home Affairs Department at the scene of the fire, and the number of available free rooms may increase after the hotel’s afternoon check-out period.