TAIPEI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – More than 40 persons are feared to have died after a fire in a residential constructing in the southern Taiwanese metropolis of Kaohsiung, the authorities stated on Thursday.
The fire broke out in the 40-year-old constructing in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng district in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished round daybreak.
Kaohsiung fire chief Lee Ching-hsiu stated firefighters had been nonetheless going by means of the constructing and it appeared just like the variety of dead might exceed 40 individuals.
Mayor (*40*) Chi-mai stated the constructing was partly deserted, having beforehand been host to eating places, karaoke lounges and a cinema.
The authorities is investigating the trigger together with whether or not arson was in charge.
Editing by Peter Graff