The construction site of a Hong Kong skyscraper was engulfed in flames today, prompting the mobilization of a large force of firefighters, according to city authorities.

The fire broke out at 23:11 local time (17:11 Greek time) in Tsim Sha Tsui, a busy shopping and tourist district on the beach road. No casualties have been reported, according to the government.

The flames were initially located near a scaffolding on top of the building. The fire was visible from the harbor as well as the ashes falling on the neighboring streets.

An hour later, the fire had spread throughout the building under construction and was making its way down to the street, where hundreds of passers-by had gathered to watch the spectacle.

The 42-story building under construction was to house a hotel and the historic Mariners’ Club, according to the website of its developer, Empire Group.