The 48-story luxury Kimpton Hong Kong hotel under construction in Tsim Sha Tsui caught fire last night before Firefighters eventually managed to extinguish the blaze at around 8.30 am Friday.
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A 492-room hotel to be operated by InterContinental Hotels Group Plc caught fire shortly after 11pm on Thursday. TV footage showed flames running up the building, situated in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, as red-hot embers lashed the ground.
No casualties were reported in the fire, which was raised to a no. 4 fire alarm at 1.46am. A total of 250 firefighters and 66 fire engines were sent to the scene.
Several nearby roads remain closed to traffic, including Nathan Road, according to the government statement.
The blaze spread to some nearby buildings, including Chungking Mansions, famous for its affordable guesthouses, but their respective fires were quickly brought under control.
Hong Kong skyscrapers and apartment buildings are typically covered in bamboo scaffolding when they are being built, making fires unusual.
Formerly a mariner's club, the Middle Road site is being redeveloped by Empire Group Holdings, founded by Walter Kwok, a deceased real estate tycoon.
According to the group's website, the property, which includes a church and conference facilities, was due to be completed this year.