West News Wire: Early on Friday, firefighters in Hong Kong battled a fire that started at a building site in the city’s well-known shopping district.
At after 11 p.m. on Thursday, a fire broke out at the location of The Mariners’ Club redevelopment project in the heavily crowded Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. Burning debris floated in the air, and the building’s multiple storeys, including the scaffolding, were on fire. There have been no recorded casualties.
According to the Empire Group’s website, the historic club and a new hotel would be housed in a 42-story architectural monument.
A shopping mall, a number of hotels, as well as several residential and business structures, surround the site.
Residents at a residential building close to the scene had to be evacuated, police said, but authorities have not said how many people were affected.
Police said four adjacent buildings also caught on fire, but those blazes were extinguished.
Tsim Sha Tsui is a tourist and shopping area in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is famous for its skyscrapers and an iconic view of the city’s Victoria Harbour.