The safety over the moving street markets had been a mind-bogging problem. At first it was the licensing issues, then there’s the illegally occupying public area issues, health & safety issue on the outdoor cooked food market, and finally the fire safety issue.
I’d been to the moving markets in Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. They are packed, the paths to move along are really not that wide. It wouldn’t be a problem if it’s not at a populated area. This is just not the case. The areas are usually tourist attraction. When the tourists mix with the locals, the risks on any accident can grow exponentially.
Yesterday’s inccident in Mong Kok Garden Street left 9 dead and 34 injured. It happened early in the morning when everyone’s at their beds. Many of them died in the congested corridors. Today in a special news report, the host explain the fire dept recommending stay at where you are in case of fire (especially when the fire is away from your flat). Stay calm and call for help. Either escape or stay at where we are, became a new mentality
for me. History tells us, most people died in the corridors when escaping by inhaling too much smoke.
The investigation report says this accident is an arson case.