An explosion in an apartment in Hong Kong on Sunday killed seven people and injured several others in a fire at a financial center for nearly a decade.
The government information service said 17 victims were taken to hospital shortly after the blaze in the Jordan district at 8:30 am (12:30 pm GMT). Seven died while seven others are believed to be in critical condition.
Live television footage showed paramedics and firefighters attempting to perform chest compressions on unconscious victims on the street outside the building.
The South China Morning Post said the blaze was the worst since the 2011 explosions, killing nine people.
Hong Kong has some of the most densely populated and longest apartment buildings in the world.
Deadly fires were a regular crisis, especially in poor areas.
But security measures have been stepped up in recent decades, and these fires have become much less frequent.
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