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Police car catches fire near president's residence

2016/11/07 18:45:31

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) A police patrol vehicle caught fire Monday while on duty near President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) official residence, but no casualties were reported.

Taipei police said that human factors or terrorist attack had initially been ruled out as the cause of the fire, while an investigation into the incident continued.

The car carrying two policemen dispatched by Taipei City Police Department's Zhongzheng Second Precinct was traveling under normal conditions while being driven to the neighborhood of Tsai's official residence during a routine patrol.

However, when they got out of the car, smoke suddenly began coming from it for no apparent reason, prompting them to put out the fire using an extinguisher, police said, adding that the fire could have been caused by spontaneous ignition due to a mechanical breakdown caused by the hot weather.

The car sustained only minor damage, according to police.

(By Chu Zhei-wei and Evelyn Kao)