Elderly man dies in Hong Kong flat fire in Kennedy Town; 200 people evacuated from block

An elderly man has died in a fire in a Hong Kong flat that forced the evacuation of about 200 other people from the block.

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About 200 people evacuate a block of flats after a fire in a flat, which claimed the life of an elderly man. Photo: Handout

Video footage and photos circulated online on Sunday showed flames and smoke billowing out of the window of the flat.

Police said the body of a man in his 70s was found in the property, along with a charcoal stove.

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The force was alerted to the fire in Block B, Smithfield Terrace, Kennedy Town, at 7.34pm.

Firefighters used a water jet and mobilised a team in breathing equipment to fight the blaze.

Police said an investigation into the cause of the fire continued.

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