A fire broke out at a residential building on Hennessy Road in Wan Chai at around 1pm on Tuesday. A domestic worker and two elderly people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Photo: Carla Thomas.

Traffic and trams came to a halt as firefighters used two jets and mobilised two breathing apparatus teams to fight the blaze.

Carla Thomas, an eyewitness on the scene told HKFP, “The fire has spread to at least three floors, the source looks like the 8th floor and there’s loads of falling debris.”

Photo: Richard Wong, via Facebook.

Fire services responded to the incident at 12:47pm. The blaze was extinguished by 1:40pm.

Photo: Carla Thomas.

One social media user live-streamed the incident.

As others posted videos.

The cause of the fire remains, as yet, unclear.

Additional reporting: Tom Grundy.

Isaac Cheung

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.