A huge fire breaks out in a skyscraper in Hong Kong. and the evacuation of dozens

Hong Kong's government announced the evacuation of about 170 people from a shopping area after a fire broke out in a skyscraper late on Thursday.

Fire crews battled the blaze at a redevelopment project in Tsim Sha Tsui until the early hours of Friday, and flames could be seen from the other side of Victoria Harbour.

Reuters witnesses reported that the fire engulfed several upper floors of the building, and falling debris caused smaller fires in nearby buildings.

Kyung Sai-ming, Hong Kong's deputy fire chief, told reporters that 250 firefighters and rescuers had battled the blaze all night until they managed to put it out at around 0000 a.m. local time (<> GMT).

He added that investigations were underway to determine the cause of his outbreak.

The building is a 42-storey project by Empire Group that houses the city's Seafarers' Club and a hotel, according to the company's website.