A boat fire in Shau Kei Wan typhoon shelter injured five people, alarmed local residents and caused plumes of black smoke to fill the harbour on Sunday.

Photo: Paper Shau Kei Wan, via Facebook.
Photo: HKFP.

Multiple loud bangs were heard nearby as fuel tanks exploded.

Photo: Paper Shau Kei Wan, via Facebook.

Firefighters responded quickly to tackle the blaze which first broke out at around 2pm.

Photo: HKFP.
Photo: HKFP.

It quickly spread to other vessels, with at least nine damaged in the inferno.

Photo: Lazy KeySon, via Facebook.

Those injured were treated at hospital.

The cause of the incident remains unknown.

Additional reporting: Ryan Kilpatrick.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.