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.
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
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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