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9 killed in New Taipei apartment fire

2017/11/23 01:36:05

Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) Nine persons were killed and two others injured when fire broke out on the fourth floor of a rental apartment in Zhonghe District of New Taipei City Wednesday night, police said.

New Taipei's fire department officials said the fire erupted from the fourth floor around 8:00 p.m. and quickly engulfed the rooms on the fifth floor. When they put down the flames about one hour later, they found two burned bodies and rushed seven critically wounded to hospitals, where they were later proclaimed dead.

Police are questioning the apartment owner, who said most of the rooms are rented to foreign migrant workers. Police are also investigating the cause of the fire.

(By S.C. Chang)
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