Written by: Deng Haixing and Liu Ding'an
Last update date: 2020-09-25 01:21
A deadly third-class fire broke out at Wing Shui House, Lek Yuen Village, Sha Tin yesterday (24th), causing 1 death and 5 injuries. Among the injured, 1 was critical and 3 were serious.
When the Fire Services Department explained the progress of the investigation last night, it said that a combustion aid was found in the middle of the burning unit, and the male deceased was lying next to the window of the unit. It was believed that the fire was suspicious.
On-site news stated that the deceased man named Chen (37 years old) came to Hong Kong from the Mainland for 2 years. He suffered from depression and mania. When the incident happened, he was agitated and threw objects at his grandmother. The grandmother ran down the lobby of the building and asked the management. The officer asked for help, and then a tragedy happened.
The police accounted for the case at midnight on Friday (25th).
It is understood that the 37-year-old man, his parents, grandmother, and his family of 4 lived in a unit on the 5th floor of Rong Rui Building; the deceased came to Hong Kong from the Mainland for 2 years and was unemployed. He suffered from depression and mania for about 8 years before his death. Doctors and government doctors seek medical treatment; their parents have come to Hong Kong from the Mainland for 6 and 4 years respectively; as for the grandmother, they have lived at the site for more than 20 years.
Sha Tin Police District (Criminal) Chief Inspector Pan Yueqian stated that the family involved had no record of domestic violence.
Yesterday morning, the deceased man had a dispute with his mother. His mother left the residence afterwards, leaving only the deceased and grandmother.
At about 3:30 in the afternoon, the deceased also quarreled with his grandmother and attacked with a cooking wok. The grandmother's foot had 4 cm long scars. She immediately went to the underground lobby to ask for help and report the crime.
Fifteen minutes later, a neighbor heard the sound of knocking wood and glass from the involved unit; and at about 4 pm, heavy smoke emerged from the involved unit, and a report from the residents was received 3 minutes later.
Pan Yueqian said that the fire department found a male dead in the burning unit, but because the unit had no lights and due to the high temperature, the water pipe was melted and burst. After the incident, it was necessary to pump water for investigation.
Initially, the deceased had no superficial injuries, but his body was submerged. The cause of death needs to be determined by a forensic autopsy. The firefighter found a suspected oxidizer in the unit involved, and the police and firefighters also need to conduct further investigations to understand what kind of oxidizer. Later, scientific forensics personnel will also be present to search for evidence.
The authorities received a report of the third-level fire at about 4:03 pm and put out the fire at about 5.41 pm.
The fire caused 1 death and 5 injuries. The injured included 2 men and 3 women (70 to 90 years old) who inhaled heavy smoke. The police, together with the Home Affairs Department and the Social Welfare Department, provided assistance, and about 50 affected residents temporarily used the drain Yuancun Community Hall.
The case is temporarily classified as "fire" and "corpse found", and the District Crime Squad of Sha Tin Police has taken over and followed up.
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