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1 dead, 2 injured in Taipei apartment fire

12/01/2023 01:41 PM
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A fire breaks out in an apartment in Taipei's Wanhua District on Friday morning. Photo courtesy of local authorities Dec. 1, 2023
A fire breaks out in an apartment in Taipei's Wanhua District on Friday morning. Photo courtesy of local authorities Dec. 1, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) A fire that broke out in a Taipei apartment building Friday morning has left at least one person dead and two injured, according to the Taipei City Fire Department.

The fire department received a report of a blaze in a building on Chunghua Road near the Nanjichang Night Market in Wanhua at around 10 a.m., and when firefighters arrived at the scene, the fourth floor of the building was engulfed in flames.

After the fire was put out at 10:17 a.m., firefighters found the body of a 67-year-old man on the fourth floor who had succumbed to burns.

Another 70-year-old woman was found on the same floor with second-degree burns to the head, while a 90-year-old man on the fifth floor was found to be suffering from smoke inhalation.

They were both conscious when they were sent to the hospital.

A total of 12 people, including the two with injuries, were rescued from the fire, and another 40 who were not directly exposed to the blaze were evacuated from the building, the fire department said.

The fire department's preliminary findings indicated that the fire broke out on the fourth floor of the five-story building, but the cause of the fire was still under investigation, the agency said.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Wu Kuan-hsien)

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