At least 46 killed, dozens injured as fire engulfs building in Taiwan

At least 46 killed, dozens injured as fire engulfs building in Taiwan 2
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A fire in a 13-story residential building in southern Taiwan has killed at least 46 people and injured scores more.

The “extremely fierce” blaze broke out around 3 a.m. in Kaohsiung, destroying several floors of the tower.

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The fire was put out before daybreak, and firemen were still searching the structure, according to Kaohsiung fire chief Lee Ching-hsiu, who added that the death toll could grow.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, as well as if it was started intentionally.

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Officials had previously stated that 55 persons had been brought to the hospital. 14 of them had no signs of life.

According to the fire chief, at least 11 victims found at the scene went straight to the mortuary.

At around 3 a.m., witnesses told local media that they heard an explosion.

As firemen battled the wildfire, video footage broadcast on Taiwanese television showed orange flames and smoke rising from the building’s lower stories.

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Where the fire had been put out, the lowest levels of the tower block were entirely scorched.

The structure, which has stores on the lower levels and flats above, is roughly 40 years old, according to officials.

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