According to local officials on Thursday, a fire in southern Taiwan that consumed a building overnight has killed 25 people, with the death toll anticipated to increase further.
According to fire officials in Kaohsiung, the 13-story structure started fire at 3 a.m. Thursday. According to the fire service, the blaze was “very intense” and damaged numerous storeys.
At least 11 victims were taken to the mortuary right away, according to Fire Chief Li Ching-hsiu, who spoke to media at the site. A total of 55 individuals were brought to the hospital, 14 of whom exhibited no signs of life. Only the hospital may provide formal confirmation of a death in Taiwan.
As firemen continued their search and rescue efforts throughout the afternoon, Li warned the death toll may rise to more than 40.
On Taiwanese television, video showed orange flames and smoke pouring from the building’s lower levels as firefighters sprayed water from the street. They could be seen pouring water from high platforms into the middle levels of the still burning structure after dawn.
The origin of the fire remained unknown, although firemen observed that the flames were most intense where there was a lot of junk piled up, according to a statement from the fire department.
Around 3 a.m., witnesses informed Taiwanese media that they heard an explosion.
The structure is around 40 years old, with stores on the lower levels and flats on the upper levels. The lowest levels had been entirely darkened.