Mansion of veteran movie star Brigitte Lin in Kowloon Peak catches fire for more than 5 hours, 20 domestic helpers and drivers evacuated

Brigitte Lin

8th July 2022 – (Hong Kong) A level 3 fire broke out at veteran actress, Brigitte Lin’s mansion at No.9 Anderson Road, Kowloon Peak at around 12.32am today. The fire was upgraded to No. 3 alarm at 1.43am. The fire was surrounded at 3.20am, put under control at 5.02am.  Firemen used four jets and mobilised four breathing apparatus teams to fight the blaze.  No casualties have been reported so far. The fire was largely put out at 8.40am.

During this period, a ladder was also raised to shoot water at the mansion from multiple angles. During the fire, about 20 domestic helpers and drivers from the mansion evacuated by themselves. Among them, many male and female helpers escaped with multiple pet dogs, and some of them boarded 2 private cars and left the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

The security guard who was originally outside stationed the gate of the mansion immediately brought back in the dogs into the mansion to avoid being photographed by media reporters. Afterwards, several seven-person vehicles and cars drove into the premises to pick up the evacuated helpers and others.

The fire last for more than 5 hours.

The Fire Services Department issued a special notice at 3.29am, urging the affected citizens nearby to close their doors and windows and remain calm. During the fire fighting, the high-altitude rescue team brought two thermal detection drones, each worth more than HK$200,000, which were put into operation for the first time, to detect the temperature of the fire scene. More than 20 members of the Fire Special Service Support Team, which was established in 2017, are dedicated to providing auxiliary support for major incidents and fires. As the fire lasted for nearly 5 hours, the fire frontline support vehicle was also deployed to the scene. It is equipped with benches, drinks and food for firefighters to replenish their strength.

According to information, the mansion that caught fire is the residence of actress Brigitte Lin, and the current market value of the mansion exceeded HK$1.1 billion. It was initially believed that Lin was not at home when the fire started. Lin and her family estimate that they own at least 3 pieces of land in Kowloon Peak. Among them, No. 9 and No. 11 of Anderson Road are said to occupy an area of ​​more than 30,000 square feet. They were purchased by Lin’s ex-husband, Michael Yin in 2006 for HK$130 million. It is reported that the property was given to Brigitte Lin by Yin as a gift for her 60th birthday and the 20th anniversary of their marriage. It was rumoured that Lin is said to have received NT$8 billion (HK$2 billion) as a parting settlement from Ying, former chairman and chief executive of Esprit Holdings. Lin grew weary of Ying’s affairs and she reportedly suffered from depression. She then decided to file for divorce in 2018. However, Lin subsequently quashed the rumour and said that they were happy together.

Portrait de l’actrice Lin Ching Hsia, en mars 1978. (Photo by Sophia MORIZET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (born 3rd November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She is regarded as an icon of Chinese language cinema for her extensive and varied roles in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films.

At the height of her popularity, Lin was one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies.  Lin was credited for boosting Taiwan’s film production in the 1970s before earning even greater popularity in Hong Kong in the 1990s, becoming a trans-island legend of her time.

She retired from acting in 1994. Her last acting role was in Ashes of Time (1994).