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About 150 people trapped on roof of Hong Kong building after fire

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About 150 people trapped on roof of Hong Kong building after fire

RESCUING. Firefighters operate an extendable ladder to rescue people trapped in a fire that broke out at the World Trade Centre in Hong Kong on December 15, 2021.

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(1st UPDATE) Firefighters are battling the blaze with two water jets, employing ladders and a breathing apparatus in the effort to rescue trapped visitors

HONG KONG – About 150 people were trapped on the roof of Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre on Wednesday, December 15, after a fire broke out in the building located in the bustling commercial and shopping district of Causeway Bay, police said.

Firefighters were battling the blaze with two water jets, the government said, employing ladders and breathing apparatus in the effort to rescue those trapped.

Broadcaster RTHK quoted police as saying about 100 people moved from a restaurant to the 39th floor when the fire broke out and smoke filled the dining area.

Seven women and a man were among the eight people taken to hospital, one of them semi-conscious, police said.

Outside the building, the scene was calm after firefighters cordoned off the area.