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Fire in Pingtung nursing home leaves 4 dead, dozens injured

2017/05/19 08:55:48

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) A fire broke out in a nursing home in the southern county of Pingtung early Friday morning, killing four and injuring dozens of others, local fire and police departments said.

The four were said to have been burned to death in their beds in a ward on the second floor of the three-story building. The authorities said the fire that started in that ward caused some 55 other patients to suffer from various degrees of smoke inhalation injury.

The nursing home with 158 beds for the elderly and infirm was established in 2004 by Nanmen Hospital, a private institution in Hengchun Township.