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Six Vietnamese workers killed in Taoyuan factory fire

2017/12/14 14:41:15

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) A fire broke out early Thursday at a solar window film factory in Taoyuan's Luzhu District, killing six people believed to be Vietnamese migrant workers employed at the facility, according to the city's Fire Department.

The blaze started at around 2 a.m. on a staircase leading to a dormitory located on the second floor of the factory's warehouse, the department said.

Twelve Vietnamese workers were housed in the dormitory, one of whom was not present at the time, it said.

While five of the workers managed to escape the building in time, the other six were trapped in the fire, which was not brought under control until 6:10 a.m., the department said.

Firefighters had found six dead bodies at the scene as of 11:30 a.m.

Lai Chih-chung (賴志忠), a battalion chief at the Taoyuan Fire Department, said the victims failed to escape in time because the fire originated near the stairway, blocking the exit.

Although the bodies were burned beyond recognition, they are believed to be the six Vietnamese workers who were reported missing, Lai said.

Prosecutors will work with coroners to identify the bodies, he added.

(By Wu Jui-chi, Evelyn Kao and Y.F. Low)