The body of a man was found at a Fanling warehouse that was engulfed in flames for almost 12 hours on Wednesday, Hong Kong authorities have said.
A fire broke out at a warehouse near Kwan Tei at around dawn, the Fire Services Department (FSD) said. It was categorised as a level three blaze about an hour and a half later at around 6:50 a.m. By 1 p.m. the fire was “under control,” and it was “largely put out” at 4:30 p.m., according to an official statement.
“We cannot confirm the identity of the victim… but we believe he worked at the warehouse,” Tai Po district Chief Inspector Fan Wai-ho said.
“Our preliminary investigation showed that the warehouse was leased to a trade company to store seafood and other groceries.”
Another person was sent to North District Hospital for treatment after experiencing shock, according to the FSD.
Pictures from the scene showed black smoke billowing from the depot.
During a press briefing, a reported asked about noises similar to explosions.
“The warehouse stored a lot of groceries and those cans and glass bottles exploded, so maybe that’s that. Whether there were any dangerous goods inside, we are still investigating,” FSD acting divisional officer Chan King-keung said.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
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