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Hong Kong firefighters battled a blaze early Friday that broke out at a construction site in the city’s popular shopping district.
The fire erupted at the site of The Mariners’ Club redevelopment project in the densely populated Tsim Sha Tsui district at about 11 p.m. on Thursday night. Multiple floors of the structure — including scaffolding — were on fire, and burning debris floated in the air. No casualties have been reported.
MASSIVE HONG KONG FIRE CONSUMES SKYSCRAPER UNDER CONSTRUCTION, RAINING BURNING EMBERS ONTO STREET
The redevelopment plan by the Empire Group was to build a 42-story architectural landmark to house the historic club and a new hotel, its website said.
A fire broke out around 11 p.m. local time in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district Thursday. (AP Photo/Louise Delmotte)
The site is surrounded by a shopping center, several hotels and some residential and commercial buildings.
MASSIVE HONG KONG FIRE CONSUMES SKYSCRAPER UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Residents at a residential building close to the scene had to be evacuated, police said, but authorities have not said how many people were affected.
Police said four adjacent buildings also caught on fire, but those blazes were extinguished.
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Tsim Sha Tsui is a tourist and shopping area in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is famous for its skyscrapers and an iconic view of the city’s Victoria Harbour.