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Third fire in 10 days breaks out at Nam Sang Wai wetland as firefighters investigate

Another fire broke out at the Nam Sang Wai wetlands on Thursday morning – the third blaze in the area in 10 days.

Firefighters were called in at 10:32am after police received a report of a banana tree burning near Ho Chau Road in Yuen Long.

Hose reels were deployed, and the fire was put out at 10:58am. The affected area measured ten metres by three metres, and no injuries were reported.

Nam Sang Wai fire

Nam Sang Wai fire. Photo: Apple Daily.

The Fire Services Department is investigating the cause of the blaze. The scorched area was at least several hundred metres from the two fires last week.

Two fires affecting 12 hectares broke out last Monday, with three sources identified by the fire department. The blaze lasted for 17 hours before another fire broke out on Tuesday – around six hours later. It also had multiple starting points.

Nam Sang Wai fire

Photo: Apple Daily.

Firefighters found the second fire last Tuesday to be suspicious. The Fire Services Department said the fire was spreading quickly and passed the case on to the police to investigate.

A musician previously said that he saw masked men acting suspiciously during the blaze. He reported what he saw to lawmaker Roy Kwong and to the police.

Nam Sang Wai diesel bottle

Photo: Handout.

A suspected jerry can of diesel was found near the source of a fire which ripped through part of the Nam Sang Wai wetland area last Saturday.

Third fire in 10 days breaks out at Nam Sang Wai wetland as firefighters investigate