Wild footage inside burning skyscraper

A huge fire at Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre has left more than 100 people trapped on the roof waiting to be rescued.

More than 100 people have been trapped on the roof of Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre awaiting rescue after a fire broke out.

The New York Post reports that the fire started in the early afternoon at the World Trade Centre on Gloucester Road in the city’s popular Causeway Bay shopping district, according to a government notice. The 38-storey building houses both offices and a mall.

At least 12 people were sent to hospital for treatment, according to authorities.

Police said the fire broke out in the machine room and moved to the scaffolding around the building. The building is currently under renovation.

No fatalities have been reported and rescue operations are still under way.

Firefighters had used an extendible ladder to rescue several people who were trapped on the lower floors of the building.

Other people were said to be trapped in restaurants in the mall, according to the local South China Morning Post newspaper.

Nearly a hundred people had also evacuated to the top of the building while waiting to be rescued.

Many of them later left the building. Some of them were covering their noses and mouths but did not appear to be seriously injured.

The fire was upgraded to a level three incident, according to a police notice. Fires are graded on a scale of one to five, with five being the most severe. As of 3:06pm, authorities said the fire was under control.

Two breathing apparatus teams and two water jets were mobilised to help fight the blaze, police said.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished here with permission


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