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Sunday, September 4, 2016, 21:22

Massive fire hits historic fruit market

By chinadailyasia.com

Massive fire hits historic fruit market
Firefighters battle a blaze at a wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei on Sept 4, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG – A historic wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei caught fire Sunday afternoon. The blaze, which broke out at 4:24 pm, was put under control at around 8 pm.

The fire broke out at a store built from metal sheets at 4:24 pm, sending palls of black smoke high into the sky, according to local TV reports. It was raised to a No. 3 alarm in 13 minutes.

Fire crew and police officers rushed to the site after receiving reports from nearby residents. No casualties have been reported so far and the cause of the fire remained unknown.

Massive fire hits historic fruit market
A historic wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei is caught fire on September 4, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)
Massive fire hits historic fruit market
People watch firefighters battling a blaze at a wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei on Sept 4, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

The Fire Services Department once deployed six jets and mobilized three breathing apparatus teams to douse the fire.

The fruit market, known as gwo laan (果欄) in Cantonese, is between Ferry Street, Waterloo Road and Reclamation Street with Shek Lung Street passing through, near the Yau Ma Tei theater.

The market was founded in 1913 and is classified as a Grade II historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board. It is also next-door to the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, another listed building.

(With Xinhua input)

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