Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Dozens of people die in high-rise fire in Taiwan

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Dozens of people lost their lives in a devastating fire in Taiwan. The fire brigade is in action with a large number in the 13-story building. The death toll is feared even higher.

According to media reports, at least 46 people died on Thursday in a fire in a high-rise building in the southern Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung. The number of victims could rise as many residents were trapped on the upper floors when the building burned. The fire department reported to local reporters at the scene of the fire that 46 dead were found. The salvage work continued.

You can see recordings of the fire and the extinguishing work in the video above or here.

The 13-story residential and commercial building had burned for hours early in the morning until around 150 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. According to unconfirmed reports, the fire broke out on the first floor of the 40-year-old house, as the CNA news agency reported.

Firefighters and rescue workers stand in front of a skyscraper in the city center during fire fighting.  (Source: dpa / Handout / Fire Bureau Of Kaohsiun / ZUMA Press Wire)Firefighters and rescue workers stand in front of a skyscraper in the city center during fire fighting. (Source: Handout / Fire Bureau Of Kaohsiun / ZUMA Press Wire / dpa)

According to officials, escape routes were blocked, which also made rescue work difficult. More than 100 people, many of them seniors with physical disabilities or dementia, lived in the building, a local agency official said. He expressed concern that many might not have made it out of the burning house.

In the inhabited part of the high-rise between the seventh and eleventh floors, there are said to have been around 120 households. On the lower six floors were several vacant restaurants, karaoke clubs, and a movie theater. That is why the building was named “Haunted House”.

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