Hong Kong barge fire sends cloud of acrid smoke sweeping across city, as vessel carrying 2,000 tonnes of metallic waste bursts into flames

Residents across Hong Kong reported “choking” smoke in the air on Wednesday night, hours after a barge carrying 2,000 tonnes of metallic waste burst into flames near Stonecutters Island.Thick dark smoke was seen rising into the sky from the 100-metre-long vessel in Victoria Harbour after it caught fire at about 5.20pm. The Fire Services Department, which sent four fireboats to the scene, said the barge’s 15 crew members were safe. At 11.09pm, the department upgraded the fire’s status to alarm…