sunny.png
Monday October 18th, 2021 9:13AM

Fire at southern Taiwan building leaves 46 dead, dozens hurt

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The death toll from a fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has further risen to 46, according to officials Thursday who said at least another 41 people were injured.

The 13-story building caught fire around 3 a.m. Thursday, fire officials in the city of Kaohsiung said. A fire department statement said the blaze was “extremely fierce” and destroyed many floors.

Authorities say that 32 bodies were sent straight to the morgue from the site of the blaze. Another 14 people who showed no signs of life were among 55 taken to hospital. In Taiwan, official confirmation of a death can only be made in the hospital.

Another search of the building was planned before sunset, according to officials.

Video shown on Taiwanese television showed orange flames and smoke billowing out of the lower floors of the building as firefighters sprayed water at it from the street. One woman, who was not identified, said her 60-to-70 year old parents were inside.

After daybreak, firefighters could be seen spraying water into the middle floors of the still smoldering building from elevated platforms.

The cause of the fire was unclear, but firefighters noted the flames burned most intensely where a lot of clutter had been piled up, the fire department statement said.

Eyewitnesses told Taiwan media that they heard an explosion around 3 a.m.

The building is about 40 years old with shops on the lower levels and apartments above. The lower floors were completely blackened.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fire at southern Taiwan building leaves 46 dead, dozens hurt
Officials say the death toll from a fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has further risen to 46 people
5:54AM ( 9 minutes ago )
At UN court, Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred
Armenia is accusing neighboring Azerbaijan of systematically promoting ethnic hatred against Armenia citizens as the two nations that fought a six-week war last year face off at a U.N. court
5:48AM ( 16 minutes ago )
Norway bow-and-arrow suspect was flagged for radicalization
Police say a Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack on a small Norwegian town that killed five people and wounded two others is a Muslim convert who had previously been flagged as having being radicalized
5:44AM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Fire leaves 25 dead, dozens injured in southern Taiwan
Local officials say a fire in southern Taiwan has killed at least 25 people after it engulfed a 13-story building overnight
3:31AM ( 2 hours ago )
Danish man held over deadly bow-and-arrow attack in Norway
Police in Norway are holding a 37-year-old man from Denmark suspected in a bow-and-arrow attack in a small town that killed five people and wounded two others
3:26AM ( 2 hours ago )
Bali reopens to foreign travelers as COVID-19 surge subsides
The Indonesian resort island of Bali has reopened for international travelers to visit its shops and white-sand beaches after more than a year
3:24AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Durst faces day of reckoning in murder of best friend
The sentencing of New York real estate heir Robert Durst will be comparatively brief compared with his murder trial that stretched over the better part of two years
12:03AM ( 6 hours ago )
Shifting winds challenge crews fighting California fire
Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling a blaze in Southern California coastal mountains that threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down for days
12:01AM ( 6 hours ago )
Bali welcomes back foreign travelers as COVID cases subside
The Indonesian resort island of Bali is welcoming international travelers to its shops and white-sand beaches for the first time in more than a year
11:58PM ( 6 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Women taken from African mothers by Belgium seek reparation
Five biracial women born in Congo when the country was under Belgian rule who were taken away from their Black mothers are suing the Belgian state for crimes against humanity
4:37AM ( 1 hour ago )
In Japanese court, 5 ask N. Korea to pay for their suffering
A Japanese court is hearing from five people who say they were promised “paradise on Earth” in North Korea but suffered instead and now want the country to compensate them
12:48AM ( 5 hours ago )
UN investigator: North Korea kids and elderly risk starving
A U.N. investigator says North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis, and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation
6:30PM ( 11 hours ago )
AP World News
Norway bow-and-arrow suspect was flagged for radicalization
Police say a Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack on a small Norwegian town that killed five people and wounded two others is a Muslim convert who had previously been flagged as having being radicalized
5:44AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Rome trial opens for 4 members of Egyptian security forces
The trial of four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces has started in a Rome courtroom
5:29AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Austrian ex-Chancellor Kurz sworn in as member of parliament
Austrian news agency APA has reported that former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has been sworn as a member of parliament after resigning last week amid corruption allegations
5:21AM ( 42 minutes ago )
Armed clash erupts in Beirut in protest against blast judge
Armed clashes have broken out during a protest in Beirut against the lead judge investigating last year’s massive blast in the city's port
5:20AM ( 44 minutes ago )
Strongest quake since volcano erupted shakes Spanish island
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken Spain’s La Palma island off northwest Africa in what was the strongest recorded since a local volcano began erupting 26 days ago
5:09AM ( 55 minutes ago )