TAIPEI, Taiwan — A fireplace engulfed a 13-story constructing in a single day Thursday in southern Taiwan, killing 14 individuals and injuring 51.
The constructing caught on hearth round 3 a.m., hearth division officers within the metropolis of Kaohsiung stated. Firefighters have been conducting search and rescue efforts into the afternoon.
While the fireplace has been put out, the decrease ranges of the constructing have been utterly blackened.
A spokesman for Kaohsiung’s hearth division stated 14 individuals confirmed no indicators of life, although in Taiwan official affirmation of a loss of life can solely be made within 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 an announcement from the fireplace division.
Firefighters are uncertain of the supply of the fireplace, however famous flames burned most intensely the place a whole lot of litter had been piled up.
Eyewitnesses instructed native media that they’d heard the sound of an explosion round 3 a.m.
The constructing is about 40 years outdated, based on an official assertion, with retailers within the decrease ranges and flats above.