Fire breaks out at Hong Kong skyscraper

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Around 170 people were evacuated from a shopping area in Hong Kong after a fire broke out in a skyscraper late on Thursday night, according to reports.

Firefighters tackled the blaze at a redevelopment project in the Tsim Sha Tsui district throughout the early hours of Friday, which produced flames visible from the other side of Victoria Harbour.

Upper floors of the building were in engulfed by fire, according to Reuters witnesses, with falling debris, including bamboo scaffolding, sparking smaller fires in adjacent structures.

Keung Sai-ming, Hong Kong’s deputy chief fire officer, told reporters that 250 firefighters and rescue workers battled the blaze for the entire night before it was extinguished around 8 a.m. (0000 GMT) local time.

Police said four other adjacent buildings also caught fire, but were later put out.

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