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Friday, June 24, 2016, 12:44

2nd fireman dies battling blaze

By Luis Liu and Li Yinze

2nd fireman dies battling blaze
Firefigthers continue to combat a blaze at a mini-storage facility in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, June 24, 2016. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

HONG KONG — A second fireman has died fighting the blaze in a mini-storage facility in Ngau Tau Kok for the third day – while two others were taken to hospital with serious injuries on Thursday.

A 37-year-old fire service officer, Hui Chi-kit, died at 9:10 pm after being rushed to hospital. Hui is survived by his wife and 7-year-old son.

This was the second fatality after Senior Station Officer Thomas Cheung Yiu-sing, 30, died battling the fire on Tuesday.

As of Thursday night, the two other officers who remained hospitalized were conscious.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expressed his deepest condolences over Hui's death. He said the government will do all it can to assist the families of Hui and Cheung.

2nd fireman dies battling blaze

Firefighters take an unconscious colleague on Thursday to an ambulance near the fire site at an industrial building in Ngau Tau Kok, which has been on fire since 11 am Tuesday. Another firefighter was confirmed dead on Thursday night, raising the number of deaths caused by the mini-storage blaze to two. (Provided to China Daily)

The government will set up an investigation panel to scrutinize the tactics used in the operation, explained Director of Fire Services Department Lai Man-hin.

He stressed that all firemen carry out a shared mission professionally to protect the life and property of people from fires or other calamities. Lai said the department was greatly concerned when it saw any of its officers lose their lives.

Residents near the burning building did not need to be evacuated on Thursday night. The SAR government has rented several double-decker buses should such a need arise.

Meanwhile, two community centers in Kwun Tong and Lam Tin were on standby to provide shelter for affected residents, according to the government.

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