A faulty toilet fan which broke free of its housing caused a blaze on a pier pontoon in Aberdeen this afternoon, minutes before the busy Sok Kwu Wan ferry was due to berth.
According to Wu Kwok-kwong, general manager of operator Chuen Kee Ferry, the fan broke free of its housing and smashed into an electrical switchbox, causing a short-circuit which started the fire. With smoke pouring from the pontoon, the ferry diverted to the nearby Jumbo Pier, which served the now-closed Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
Fire crews used breathing apparatus and a fireboat to quench the blaze, and reported no casualties.
Ferry services are now back to normal, according to Wu.
The Aberdeen pier serves two destinations on Lamma Island: the southwestern village of Sok Kwu Wan, popular with daytrippers and restaurant-goers and with the island’s second largest pier, and the southern hamlet of Mo Tat Wan.
Additional reporting by Chan Koon Sing