Elizabeth House on Gloucester Road, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 27-year-old Swedish model attempted to kill herself with coal gas, which later caused an explosion at her home in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island on Sunday.

At noon, residents on the ninth floor of Block B of Elizabeth House on  Gloucester Road called the police after they smelled coal gas, Sky Post reported. When firemen arrived, they detected gas coming out of a locked apartment.

While firemen were trying to break into the apartment, there was an explosion in the kitchen, which damaged the place extensively, with window frames and kitchen appliances falling down on to the building’s podium. No one was injured, but about 20 residents were evacuated from the building.

Firemen entered the apartment and found a woman lying unconscious on the kitchen floor. She had sustained second-degree burns and had inhaled carbon monoxide. She was in critical condition.

The woman, who holds a Hong Kong identity card, rented the apartment together with a female friend. Media reports said she was upset over a relationship with her boyfriend. She had mentioned her intention to commit suicide to her sister and friends earlier, Oriental Daily reported.

After the explosion, firemen investigated and found that a gas pipe in the kitchen had been damaged.

Police officers said no note was found but they nonetheless categorized the case as attempted suicide. Further investigation into the explosion will be carried out.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline at +852 2896 0000, or e-mails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.