No less than 46 individuals died and dozens have been injured after a significant fireplace broke out in a constructing in southern Taiwan on Thursday, authorities mentioned.
The blaze began within the 13-story industrial and residential constructing at 2:54 a.m. native time (2:54 p.m. ET) in Kaohsiung metropolis’s Yancheng district, based on Taiwan’s official Central Information Company (CNA).
Rescue operations are nonetheless underway, with greater than 377 rescue employees deployed to the scene, a spokesman on the Kaohsiung metropolis fireplace bureau advised CNN. No less than 41 individuals have suffered accidents, he mentioned.
Initially, authorities put the loss of life toll at seven, however the metropolis’s fireplace chief Lee Ching-hsiu warned extra casualties have been anticipated as some individuals should still be trapped within the residential a part of the constructing, between the seventh and eleventh flooring.
A complete of 139 fireplace vehicles and ambulances have been deployed to the scene and extinguished the hearth by 7:17 a.m. (7:17 pm ET), CNA mentioned. By noon, no less than 62 individuals between the ages of 8 and 83 had been rescued.
Greater than 100 residents, a lot of them senior residents with bodily disabilities, reside within the constructing, based on CNA.
It’s unclear what prompted the hearth, based on CNA. Native police are reviewing surveillance footage and mentioned they can’t rule out human elements, based on the report.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her “deepest condolences” to the victims of the hearth in a Fb put up.
Tsai promised that her authorities will “spare probably the most efforts” to rescue those that are trapped, resettle the residents affected by the fires, and supply mandatory help to households of victims.
“Going through this severe accident, we prolong our deepest condolences to the victims, and we want the injured a speedy restoration,” she wrote on Thursday afternoon native time.