Thirteen Tourists Injured In Hotel Fire
HONG KONG (AP) _ Thirteen tourists were injured in a hotel fire Thursday in Hong Kong’s main tourist area of Tsim Sha Tsui, the government reported.
The fire started in a room on the 12th floor of the 221-room Imperial Hotel at 4:48 a.m. (3:48 p.m. EST) and was put out an hour later.
Hotel officials said the 18-story building was full at the time of the fire, but they did not know how many guests were evacuated.
All the injured were taken to hospitals where two unidentified European women aged 75 and 35 were admitted in poor condition.
Initial reports said seven others -three men, three women and a 4-year-old boy - were admitted in fair condition. They were identified as Norma Guenaro of the United States; Wong Man Fu, 54, of Canada; Choi Gil Soo, 40, of Korea; Brian Graham, 29, and Adrienne Kay Cobby, 26, of Australia; Marie Elace Liceris of the Philippines. The boy was identified as Andrew Vuong of Australia.
Four others were treated and discharged, the spokesman added. They were identified as Wong Ngai Wen, 50, of Canada, Chen Chung Hsiang, 28, of Taiwan and Australians Kwong Kiet Ang, 37, and Manave Vuong, 31.
Cause of the fire and the extent of the damages were not immediately known.