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More than 40 feared dead in fire in southern Taiwan

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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.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard
Editing by Peter Graff

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Fire trucks at the scene of a fire at Cheng Chung Cheng building in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in this still frame obtained from social media video dated early October 14, 2021. CHANG YU CHEN /via REUTERS

Jets of water are sprayed as a fire blazes at Cheng Chung Cheng building in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in this still frame obtained from social media video dated early October 14, 2021. CHANG YU CHEN /via REUTERS

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