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Hundreds evacuated as fire breaks out at Taipei Water Park

2016/07/27 22:56:53

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Security personnel at Taipei Water Park rushed to evacuate some 1,200 people from the premises Wednesday after a fire broke out there Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started in a 400-square-meter solar panel grid near the park's sedimentation tanks, park officials said.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze within half an hour and there were no injuries, but the multi-functional water park suffered losses of about NT$3 million, the officials said.

The park's chief engineer Wang Ming-fu said the fire may have been sparked by a short circuit as temperatures in the city hit a high of 38.5 degrees Celsius around that time.

He said another possible cause was overheating of the panels, which have been in service for 10 years.

A solar panel businessman told CNA, however, that solar panel modules are covered with glass on both sides so there is little likelihood of them catching fire as result of high daytime temperatures.

Meanwhile, Lin Chuan-neng (林全能), director general of the Bureau of Energy, said he will investigate whether the fire was caused by defective equipment.

"If this was not an isolated case or a matter of defective products, we would have to conduct a thorough review of our solar panel installation policy," Lin said.

Firefighting officials said they were still investigating the cause of the fire.

(By Huang Li-yun, Chang Chien-chung and S.C. Chang)