Deaths of 2 Hong Kong firefighters in 2016 storage unit blaze ruled as a result of misadventure

The deaths of two Hong Kong firefighters in a storage unit blaze that burned for five days in 2016 have been ruled as a result of misadventure.

The Coroner’s Court handed down the verdict on Tuesday following a 65-day death inquest that saw dozens of witnesses take the stand to testify on the Ngau Tau Kok industrial building fire, said to be one of Hong Kong’s longest burning blazes in history.

Thomas Cheung (left), Samuel Hui (right). Photo: GovHK.

Praising the two firefighters for their bravery, Deputy Coroner Philip Wong said the pair – Thomas Cheung and Samuel Hui – acted heroically in the face of danger, local media reported. They were 30 and 37, respectively.

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