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Fire hits migrant workers dorm in Taichung, causing choking injuries

2019/11/10 11:43:54

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) A fire erupted at a dormitory accommodating foreign migrant workers in central Taiwan's Taichung City early Sunday morning, causing 14 inhabitants to suffer from smoke inhalation, but none were in critical condition, police said.

The Taichung City Fire Bureau said after receiving a report at 1:36 a.m. that a residential unit in Shalu District had caught on fire, it sent 34 firefighting personnel and 12 vehicles to the scene.

The blaze was in a three-story house used as a dorm for foreign migrant workers; and when firefighters arrived, they saw several motorcycles on the ground floor were on fire, with dense smoke at the scene, according to the local Fire Bureau.

The fire was extinguished at 1:50 a.m. While no one has died from the blaze, 14 people (five men, nine women) were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, according to the firefighters.

They included four Taiwanese children, two Taiwanese men, five Vietnamese women and three Vietnamese men. All suffered from smoke inhalation. The injured have been discharged from the hospital after treatment, the Fire Bureau said.

The bureau is investigating what caused the blaze.

(By Su Mu-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)