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Firefighters sent to wrong place in Hualien fire mix up

2018/06/19 23:15:29

Photo courtesy of Hualien County Fire Department

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) Firefighters were sent to the wrong address in Hualien County Tuesday evening, while the establishment where the fire occurred burned to the ground.

According to Hualien County Fire Department, officials received a call at 5:23 p.m. reporting a fire at "Jixiang Hot Spring B&B" in Yuli Township.

Firefighters who arrived at that address found no fire and only later learned that the blaze was at another establishment called "Jixiang Garden Hot Spring" in Rueisuei Township.

A second unit of firefighters was immediately dispatched to the correct address, extinguishing the blaze at around 6:30 p.m., the fire department said.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported, it said, adding that the business owner and nearby residents were safe by the time firefighters arrived.

Damage to the establishment was estimated at around NT$1 million.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(By Tyson Lu and Ko Lin)