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Fire kills 25 people and injures dozens in southern Taiwan

A fire in southern Taiwan killed 46 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.

According to a statement from the fire department, the flames were “very intense” and destroyed many floors of the building. (Photo: AP)

A fire in southern Taiwan killed 46 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.

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.

At least 11 bodies were sent directly to the morgue, Fire Chief Li Ching-hsiu told reporters on the scene. Another 14 who showed no signs of life were of the 55 who were taken to the hospital. In Taiwan, formal confirmation of death can only be done at the hospital.

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Lee said the death toll could exceed 40 as firefighters conducted search and rescue operations in the afternoon.

A video broadcast on Taiwanese television showed orange flames and smoke swirling from the lower floors of the building as firefighters sprayed water from the streets. After dawn, they could see water spraying from high ground on the middle floors of the still smoldering building.

According to a statement from the fire department, the cause of the fire was unknown, but firefighters said the flames burned most violently in many cluttered areas.

Witnesses told Taiwanese media that they had heard the explosion around 3 am.

The building is about 40 years old, with shops on the lower floors and apartments on the upper floors. The lower floor was completely black.

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Fire kills 25 people and injures dozens in southern Taiwan

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