At least 46 people were killed in a fire overnight Wednesday in a high-rise building in southern Taiwan and dozens more were injured, local officials said Thursday.
The “extremely fierce” fire started around 3 am Thursday, engulfing the entire building in Kaohsiung City and destroying many floors. Witnesses said they heard an explosion around the same time.
Orange flames lit up the night sky as firefighters scrambled to reduce the blaze, leaving the building to smolder a few hours later.
At least 11 bodies were sent directly to the morgue, Fire Chief Li Ching-hsiu told reporters at the scene. Another 14 people who showed no signs of life were among the 55 taken to hospital. In Taiwan, official confirmation of a death can only be made in hospital.
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The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The building is about 40 years old.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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