UPDATE: 17 injured in Hong Kong fire, one man arrested and Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station still closed

UPDATE: 17 injured in Hong Kong fire, one man arrested and Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station still closed

UPDATE: 10.30pm

Yau Tsim District Commander Kwok Pak-chung said a man surnamed Cheung, 60, was arrested for arson. Cheung admitted he started the fire on the train. Kwok didn't rule out any reasons for setting off the fire, but says there is no evidence showing it was linked to a terror attack. Cheung was critically injured in the blaze.

The suspect said “burn you to death” before he drew the bottle and lit it, a police source said.

A total of 17 people, were injured. Fire Services Department's Kowloon deputy chief fire officer Yau Chi-on said the fire was started in the last car of the train on the Tsuen Wan Line.

Yau said all injured had been sent to four hospitals, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kwong Wah Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital. 

As of 10.30pm, one man and one woman were in a critical condition. Two men and three women were in a serious condition and three men and six women were stable. One had been discharged.

UPDATE: 9.30pm

South China Morning Post reports: A Chinese man was escorted by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after the incident. On Friday evening police officers were on guard outside the ward, however no arrests had yet been made and the motive for the incident was not yet known, the source said.


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UPDATE: 9pm

Ambulance staff are on standby at entrance A1 to help passengers. Police anti-terror officers have been sent to the scene

At least 12 people have been injured in a fire on an MTR train in Tsim Sha Tsui station tonight. The blaze started at 19.14pm. Police sources say a man tried to throw a Molotov cocktail - a bottle full of liquid that can catch fire.

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