Fire in Taiwan building kills 46

Fire in Taiwan building kills 46

Fire in Taiwan building kills 46

Written by Amani Nilar

14 Oct, 2021 | 4:22 pm

(News 1st); At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more seriously injured in a fire at a 13-storey tower block in southern Taiwan.

A residential and commercial building caught fire in the early hours of Thursday (14), which took firefighters more than four hours to extinguish the blaze.

The fire department told the BBC that 79 people had been taken to hospital, including 14 in a serious condition.

A total of 139 fire trucks and ambulances were deployed to the scene and extinguished the fire. By midday, at least 62 people between the ages of 8 and 83 had been rescued.

More than 100 residents, many of them senior citizens with physical disabilities, live in the building.

It is unclear what caused the fire, however local police are reviewing surveillance footage and said they cannot rule out human factors, according reports.

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