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Vietnam demands quick probe into fatal factory fire

2017/12/15 15:03:21

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Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 15 (CNA) Vietnam has demanded a speedy investigation by Taiwan's authorities into the cause of a recent fire that killed six Vietnamese workers at a factory in Taoyuan, after its Foreign Ministry on Friday listed the names of the people believed to have died and injured in the fire.

The six Vietnamese workers died after a fire broke out at around 2 a.m. Thursday at a factory dormitory in Taoyuan's Luzhu District, belonging to Sican Co. that produces solar control window films.

According to Taiwan investigators, the bodies were burned beyond recognition and had not yet been formally identified as of Friday.

Taoyuan police have asked the relatives of the six Vietnamese workers to come to Taiwan as soon as possible to help with the formal identification of the bodies through DNA testing, according to the Taoyuan Prosecutors' Office.

Meanwhile, in a public notice, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry listed the names of the six people believed to have died in the fire and it called for Taiwan to expedite its investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Five other Vietnamese workers escaped the fire with injuries and were hospitalized but four of them have since been discharged.

The Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei has asked the brokerage firm in Vietnam that recruited the workers to send personnel to Taiwan to help take care of the injured workers and to negotiate with the Taiwanese employers and brokers to ensure the rights of the deceased and injured workers, according to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry.

In Taiwan's investigation, Sican Chairman Chen Hung-ju (陳宏如) and factory chief Hsieh Chao-yi (謝朝怡) were released Friday on NT$1 million bail each but barred from leaving the country after being detained Thursday night and charged with negligent homicide.

(By Flor Wang)
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