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3 of 5 fatalities in Jordan fire still unidentified, FDH among those injured

11 April 2024


Several fire engines battled the blaze at the New Lucky House in Jordan (FB photo by HKEye)

Police have yet to identify three of the five people who died in the fire that broke out at New Lucky House in Jordan on Wednesday morning.

The two who have been identified are both elderly Chinese males surnamed Lai and Tsang.

Two of them, a man and a woman, are reported to be non-ethnic Chinese and possibly South Asian, while the other one is  believed to be a Chinese woman, but the information has yet to be verified.

One of those killed was suspected to have jumped off the 16-storey building to escape the fire, and was found on the first-floor podium.


Three of the victims were found in the second-floor corridor, while the fifth was discovered on a staircase between the seventh and eighth floors.

Chief Executive John Lee extended his condolences to the families of those killed, and later visited some of the injured at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He said an investigation of the cause of the fire is top priority.

Among the 23 who were injured and are still in hospital, eight are in critical condition, three are listed as serious, while the rest, including an infant girl, are stable.


At least one foreign domestic helper was reported to be among those seriously injured in the fire. Reports say she suffered from smoke inhalation and sustained burns on her abdomen and waist, but was conscious when taken to hospital.  

The FDH whose nationality was not identified, remains under observation at the intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Another helper was shown on video wailing on the pavement outside the building, saying she feared for her employer's safety. An accompanying report said the helper, who is apparently Indonesian, had just stepped out to buy breakfast when  the fire broke out.

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Forty people were initially taken to hospital for injuries, but 17 have already been discharged.

Those still under treatment are at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, and Queen Mary Hospital.

One of  those  injured is rushed to safety (HK Eye photo)

The fire broke out at 7:53am on Wednesday at units 13 to 15 of the building’s first floor, and was escalated to no 3 alarm about 10 minutes later. A number of residents were trapped or injured, prompting a large-scale rescue operation.

About 250 people had to be rescued, while another 50 managed to move to safety on their own. Fire services volunteers went door-to-door to check if there were residents that needed to be rescued.

By 8:54 am the fire was contained, and by 10:30am was already completely extinguished. Its exact cause is still being investigated.

About 35 of the units in the building have been converted into guest houses frequented by Asian travellers.

Residents were advised not to return to their units while an investigation is being carried out, and to wait for further arrangements. 

The Home Affairs Department has set up temporary shelters at the Nam Cheong Community Centre and the Leung Hin Square Yau Ma Tei Community Centre for those in need.

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