A fire broke out on Wednesday at Hong Kong’s World Trade Center in the commercial and shopping district of Causeway Bay. 1,200 people were evacuated. However, about 150 were trapped on the roof, as they fleed awaiting rescue. Firefighters used a crane to rescue them. The building has 39 floors. More than 150 firefighters were deployed to the scene. Police blocked off traffic on major adjacent roads. The fire was contained in a few hours. It’s known that it broke out in a meter room and spread to scaffolding on portions of the building that are under renovation. The cause was not yet determined. Everyone at the 39-story structure in Causeway Bay has been brought to safety by 5pm (09:00 GMT).
13 people were sent at different hospitals: Queen Mary Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and Ruttonjee Hospital. A 60-year-old woman is fighting for her life. The scene outside the World Trade Center was calm during the incident.The World Trade Centre’s fire safety system, including alarms and sprinklers, were shut off due to the construction, authorities said. All the shops had been vacated during the renovation works, leaving only several levels of the building in operation. Police said they had opened an investigation.