Chief Executive expresses profound grief and urges prompt investigation into the cause of the fatal fire in Jordan

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10th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) At approximately 7.53am today, a devastating three-alarm fire engulfed Power Gymnasium located in New Lucky House on Jordan Road. The fire resulted in distressing reports of multiple individuals trapped inside the building, with several sustaining severe burn injuries. Sadly, the incident claimed the lives of five people, while others remain in critical condition.

Expressing his profound grief, Chief Executive John Lee conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and extended his sympathies to the injured victims. Recognising the gravity of the situation, he emphasised the government’s commitment to providing comprehensive support and care.

Chief Executive Lee has issued instructions to the Hospital Authority to allocate all necessary resources for the treatment and recovery of the injured. He has also directed the Hong Kong Police Force and the Fire Services Department, among other relevant agencies, to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire and the factors contributing to the significant loss of life. Additionally, the Chief Executive has instructed the Home Affairs Department and the Social Welfare Department to provide assistance to the affected residents and the families of the victims, ensuring they receive the necessary support during this difficult time.

Following the devastating incident, Chief Secretary for Administration, Eric Chan Kwok-ki, attended a forum at the Legislative Council. In response to the tragedy, Chan expressed his shock and sorrow, assuring the public that the government is deeply concerned about the incident and will extend support to the families of the deceased and the injured. He confirmed that the fire was brought under control at 8.54am, and the Home Affairs Bureau and the Care Team promptly arrived at the scene to provide assistance. The Hospital Authority has set up a dedicated counter to provide specialised care to the injured individuals. Chan reiterated the government’s commitment to conducting a thorough investigation into the incident and stated that the police will provide further updates to the media.