A fire in southern Taiwan killed 25 people and injured dozens after swallowing a house overnight on Thursday.
According to the Kaohsiung City Fire Department, the 13-story building ignited around 3 am.
Fifty-five people were taken to the hospital, 14 of whom showed no signs of life, according to people familiar with the matter. In Taiwan, formal confirmation of death can only be done at the hospital.
At least 11 people found on the scene were sent directly to the morgue, the fire department chief addressed journalists at the scene of the fire.
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Firefighters were searching and rescued until the afternoon.
According to a statement from the fire department, the flames were “very intense” and destroyed many floors of the building.
Firefighters do not know the source of the fire, but said the flames burned most violently in many cluttered areas.
Witnesses told local media that they heard the sound of an explosion around 3 am
According to an official statement, the building is about 40 years old, with a store on the lower floors and an apartment on the upper floors.
The lower floors of the building were completely black while the fire was extinguished.
Dramatic footage shows a firefighter’s perspective in response to an apartment fire
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