About 1,000 people were made homeless when fire swept through a squatters' camp in Hong Kong on Monday (18 January).
TV & PAN Burning huts in squatter camp.
GV Firemen spraying water on burning building.
GV ZOOM IN Water sprayed on smoking tin shack.
GV Firemen hosing smoking rubble.
TV & GV Burning shacks. (2 SHOTS)
GV & PAN Firehoses crossing smoke-shrouded street.
SV Man in stretcher taken to ambulance.
GV Fire engines hooked up to water hydrant.
GVs & PAN Victims of fire with belongings on roadside. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: About 1,000 people were made homeless when fire swept through a squatters' camp in Hong Kong on Monday (18 January). Two people were injured, a 28-year-old woman and a senior fire officer. but they were sent home from hospital after treatment. The fire broke out at about 6.30 am and spread quickly, razing tin huts and squatters shacks to the ground. There were several explosions, believed to be caused by cylinders of cooking gas. At the height of the fire, hundreds of policemen were evacuated from their base nearby. The fire took three hours to extinguish, and destroyed the two squatter colonies of Hongloksuntsuen and Sziheistsuen in the Wongtalsin area of Hong Kong. Reports said the blaze was started by an overturned kerosene stove.