TAIPEI, Taiwan — A hearth engulfed a 13-story constructing in a single day Thursday in southern Taiwan, killing 14 individuals and injuring 51.
The constructing caught on fireplace round 3 a.m., fireplace division officers in town of Kaohsiung stated. Firefighters had been conducting search and rescue efforts into the afternoon.
While the fireplace has been put out, the decrease ranges of the constructing had been fully blackened.
A spokesman for Kaohsiung’s fireplace division stated 14 individuals confirmed no indicators of life, although in Taiwan official affirmation of a loss of life can solely be made in the hospital. 51 individuals had been taken to the hospital for remedy of their accidents.
The blaze was “extremely fierce,” and destroyed many flooring of the constructing, based on a press release from the fireplace division.
Firefighters are uncertain of the supply of the fireplace, however famous flames burned most intensely the place quite a lot of muddle had been piled up.
Eyewitnesses informed native media that that they had heard the sound of an explosion round 3 a.m.
The constructing is about 40 years previous, based on an official assertion, with retailers in the decrease ranges and residences above.