Numerous people were killed in the fire.
According to the final official report, 46 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a fire that broke out in a Kaohsiung building, southern Taiwan.
“The fire left 41 people injured and 46 killed.”Kaohsiung Fire Department released a press statement.
Authorities said that the fire broke out in a mixed-use building with 13 stories. It ravaged many floors before firefighters were able to put it out of control. Taiwan’s Central News Agency released photos showing smoke rising from windows of the building as firefighters try desperately to extinguish the flames.
Firefighters said that most of the victims were located between the seventh to eleventh floors. They used to be residential apartments. The five first floors were intended for commercial purposes, but they were not occupied. More than 70 trucks were used by firefighters to tackle the blaze.
According to a Kaohsiung officer, the building was 40 years old and occupied mainly by low-income residents. According to Mr. Liu, Survivors believed that the building housed around 100 people. He said that authorities had not yet ruled out the possibility of arson and thatforensic investigators were present at the scene.
Taiwan is frequently hit by earthquakes or typhoons. Although Taiwan has strict building codes in place, there are often gaps between the safety standards and how they are implemented. In the worst rail accident in decades, 49 people died when a train collided with a truck that had slipped onto the tracks.
Subsequent investigations revealed, however, that the government agencies had not given warnings about the potential for such an accident along this mountain side track. Older buildings are more at risk.
Recent earthquakes have seen the destruction of older buildings, which were not up to standards.