A fire scene that was shot for the Chinese New Year movie “Amazing Spring” turned into a disaster after 31 actors reportedly suffered burns.
The accident happened at around 7 a.m. on Monday when the fire injured 59-year-old Hong Kong actress Sharon Yeung Pan-pan, 24-year-old Malaysian actress Joey Leong and 30-year-old actor Cedric Loo while filming the movie in Bandar Bukit Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia, according to The Star.
The Fire and Rescue Department investigated and discovered that the petrol the crew poured on the wooden house caused the accident. The actors were reportedly notified by the crew that they wanted to film a burning scene.
“The vaporization process ended on the clothes of the actors, and when the petrol was ignited, their clothes caught fire,” a spokesman said, adding that there were firemen on standby at the filming location.
Malaysian executive producer Jack Lim explained during a press conference at the Sunway Medical Centre, where the actors were sent, that they planned to set three houses on fire for the shoot.
He added that the firemen at the scene ensured that the actors were all standing at a safe distance.
“But what we didn’t expect was the fire to spread through the ground and reach the cast members,” Lim said at the press conference.
Dr. Seow Vei Ken, head of the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department, told the media that Yeung sustained “7% of second-degree burns on the left side of her face, her right arm and both her legs.”
Pictures published on China Press show the injuries she suffered from the fire.
Meanwhile, Leong, sustained 5% of second-degree burns on both her legs. It could take the victims three weeks to recover.
Actor Law Kar-ying, 72, was unharmed. He returned to Hong Kong right after the accident.