Ching Ming ablaze as fire danger warning issued

Top News | Sophie Hui and Cissy So 6 Apr 2018

More than 70 fires were reported during Ching Ming Festival yesterday as the Hong Kong Observatory issued a yellow fire danger warning.

Up to 5pm, fire services had received 78 mountain-fire reports, including two No 3 fires.

A No 3 fire broke out on the hillside near Ngau Hom at Lau Fau Shan at 11am before being brought under control four hours later. However, the fire spread to a container yard nearby.

It took 120 firemen to tackle the blaze, during which they were helped by four jets and four breathing apparatus teams.

Another fire broke out at Kong Tau Tsuen in Yuen Long just before 2pm. It was upgraded to a No 3 blaze an hour later.

Three jets and a breathing apparatus team were mobilized. By about 5pm, it had been largely extinguished.

Just before 10am, a mountain fire started in Tai Shu Ha Road West near Ma Tin Tsuen. A helicopter from the Government Flying Service water-bombed the area.

Firemen also had to fight fires at Pat Heung. A blaze was reported on a hill near Chuk Hang on Fan Kam Road.

Just two kilometers away, weeds on the hill at Tsat Sing Kong also caught fire. No casualties were reported.

A lot of fires are usually reported on Ching Ming Festival, as it is a tradition to burn paper offerings and incense sticks.

Meanwhile, the owner of a papier-mache offering shop in Sai Ying Pun said a new product released this year was a big house of subdivided units.

The design of the papier-mache houses used to be an independent home and one floor per family.

But this year, a new design was unveiled that subdivided a home into five to seven units. In each subdivided unit, there is a bed, windows and an air conditioner.

The owner said it was for ancestors to collect rent in the afterlife.

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