Hong Kong's World Trade Centre fire traps hundreds of people on the roof and injures 13.


A fire broke out on Wednesday in Hong Kong's World Trade Centre, trapping about 150 people on its roof, and 13 people were injured before firefighters put out the blaze, police and the fire department said.

In the bustling Causeway Bay business and shopping sector, the 39-story World Trade Centre has restaurants, offices, and stores.

According to media reports, the fire started in a utility room on a lower level of the mall around lunchtime and quickly spread to the bamboo scaffolding that clads the building's outside.

Firefighters battled the incident with two high-powered hoses, using ladders and breathing equipment to rescue individuals trapped.

According to police, 13 persons were transported to the hospital, one of them was semi-conscious.

"The fire was extinguished around 1630 hours (0830 GMT)," according to the fire department.

Earlier, shoppers and office workers were seen streaming out of the building as smoke billowed from it and police diverted traffic on important nearby highways.

When the fire broke out and smoke flooded the dining area, some 100 people were evacuated from a restaurant to the top 39th level, according to police.

The cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

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