2 elderly women hurt, 1 arrested after window falls from building in Sham Shui Po market

Screengrab via YouTube.
Screengrab via YouTube.

A woman was arrested yesterday after two people were injured when a window fell from her flat in Hong Kong yesterday morning.

The window fell from a sub-divided unit on the seventh floor of a residential building next to a busy wet market on Pei Ho Street, in Sham Shui Po, at 10am yesterday.

Police arrested the resident of the unit, a 27-year-old woman surnamed Hon, on suspicion of allowing an object to fall from a building.

CCTV footage posted online shows the aluminum-framed window falling through the canopy of a vegetable stall and knocking one woman down.

Shards of glass from can also be seen raining upon a second woman at the stall.

Apple Daily reports that the window knocked over a 65-year-old woman surnamed Siu. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with injuries to her head, legs, and arms. The newspaper reports that she was discharged from the hospital just after 6pm yesterday.

The second woman was identified as a 69-year-old woman, surnamed Kwan, who was sent to Caritas Medical Centre with head injuries caused by the shards of glass.

According to the newspaper, Hon told the police that she wasn’t touching the window at the time it fell.

The newspaper reported the building was built in 1963, contains 27 apartment units, and that overall maintenance work was completed in June 2008.

In January, a mainland tourist died after a window fell from the 16th floor of a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, prompting calls for building owners to step up safety checks.

It was later reported in February that there were more than 200 reports of falling windows since 2016.


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