Three children die in Taichung apartment fire

04/19/2021 03:04 PM
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Photo courtesy of Taichung
Photo courtesy of Taichung's fire bureau

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Three children lost their lives Sunday night, when a fire engulfed a residential structure in Taichung, and two adults were injured, according to the city's fire bureau.

The blaze started in a room in an apartment on the second floor of a two-story building that also includes a rooftop structure, the fire department said, adding that it received the report of the fire at 11:07 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and managed to put out the blaze in about 20 minutes, but when they entered the building, they found three children lying in the stairway between the second floor and the rooftop, according to the bureau.

Photo courtesy of a private contributor
Photo courtesy of a private contributor

The ambulance crews at the site found that the children -- two five-year-olds and a three-year-old -- had suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and resuscitation efforts failed when they were rushed to hospital, the fire bureau said.

A 58-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, the mother of the five-year-old boy and three-year old girl, were also injured in the fire, but their injuries were not life-threatening, it said.

The woman told firefighters that she was unable to rescue her two children and the other five-year old child, who was her friend's daughter, when they were trapped in the blaze.

The building comprised a hair salon on the first floor and seven rooms on the second and third levels, separated by wooden partitions, which were provided to the salon's employees as dormitory accommodation and rented to other tenants by the owner, who ran the salon, according to police.

The fire on the second floor engulfed an area of about 30 square meters and caused some NT$100,000 (US$3,545) in property damage, the city's fire bureau estimated.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze, police said.

(By Su Mu-chun and Evelyn Kao)

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