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Black days in HK's history

May Fung and Sanna So

Sunday, January 26, 1997

WORST fires on record in Hong Kong:

1918: An estimated 600 people are killed and 400 injured at the Happy

Valley racecourse during the Lunar New Year holiday when a grandstand

collapses and knocks over food stalls, setting bamboo matting ablaze.

1929: A blaze in the Prince Edward Hotel, Central, kills nine.

1947: Canton steamer S S Sai On is consumed by fire on the Hong Kong

dockside, killing 149.

1953: On Christmas Day, the Shek Kip Mei squatter village burns down,

leaving more than 60,000 homeless. There were no records of exact

numbers living there and the death toll is unknown.

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1971: Fire sweeps through the Jumbo Restaurant in Aberdeen harbour,

killing 13 and injuring 42.

1972: Cruise liner Queen Elizabeth, being used as a floating

university, catches fire and sinks in Victoria Harbour with no

casualties.

1981: A fire at a North Point wig factory kills 11 workers.

1984: Fire rages through the Blue Box Industrial Building in Hing Wo

Street, injuring 44.

1986: Fire guts Chu Ku Tsai village during the Lunar New Year holiday,

leaving 2,000 homeless.

1986: Fourteen people are killed in a blaze at a garment factory in

the Kwai Chung port district.

1986: A Christmas blaze guts 150 vessels moored in Aberdeen typhoon

shelter, leaving more than 1,700 boat dwellers homeless and virtually

penniless. Only two were injured.

1990: Triad gangsters fire-bomb a restaurant and mahjong parlour in

Hung Hom, killing six and injuring 24.

1990: Six die and 50 are injured in a fire in a "cage home" slum

hostel in Sham Shui Po.

1992: A blaze at the Shek Kong Vietnamese refugee detention centre

kills 26 and injures 126.

1994: A fire-bomb at the Shek Kip Mei branch of a Hong Kong bank kills

12 bank employees.

1996: A February dry season brush fire traps schoolchildren hiking at

Pat Sin Range in the New Territories. Three pupils and two teachers

die, while many suffer life-long burn injuries.

1996: On 20 November the Garley Building on Nathan Road turns into a

towering inferno, killing 39 people and injuring 81. It was the worst

blaze in a building on record in the British colony.

1997: A 25 January blaze in a karaoke bar kills 15 people in Tsim Sha

Tsui. Police suspect arson. Reuter

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