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Two firefighters die, 351 evacuated from Hsinchu building fire

05/27/2024 06:04 PM
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CNA photo May 27, 2024
CNA photo May 27, 2024

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Two firefighers died in a Hsinchu City apartment complex fire late Sunday, with the last of the 351 residents evacuated around 1:10 p.m., Monday, according to the Hsinchu City Fire Bureau.

The fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Sunday and the blaze was largely brought under control by 11:35 p.m., according to the bureau.

However, due to thick smoke more than 100 people remained trapped in the complex on Monday morning while fire fighters worked to vent the smoke.

CNA photo May 27, 2024
CNA photo May 27, 2024

The complex is made up of four 28-floor buildings. A fire truck with an aerial ladder was dispatched to the scene to assist residents on higher floors if they were in need of immediate assistance, said the bureau.

Some children inhaled smoke and needed to be hospitalized, the bureau said, but no other deaths were reported.

The proximate cause of the fire and the deaths of the firefighters had yet to be determined as of Monday afternoon.

(By Kuo Hsuan-wen and Wu Kuan-hsien)

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A memorial is set up on Monday for the two firemen who lost their lives in the fire in Hsinchu overnight. CNA photo May 27, 2024
A memorial is set up on Monday for the two firemen who lost their lives in the fire in Hsinchu overnight. CNA photo May 27, 2024
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