46 Killed dozens injured after fire tears through 13-story residential building in Taiwan

Taipei: At least 46 people died and dozens were injured after a large fire broke out in a building in southern Taiwan on Thursday. The 13-story building caught fire around 3 p.m. today. A statement from the fire department said the fire was “extremely violent” and destroyed many floors.Read also – Taiwan nursing home fire: 5 killed, 29 wounded

According to reports, 32 bodies were sent directly to the morgue from the scene of the fire. Another 14 people who showed no signs of life were among 55 taken to the hospital.

The cause of the fire was unclear, but firefighters noticed that the flames burned most intensely where a lot of clutter had been piled up.

Video shown on Taiwanese television showed orange flames and smoke billowing out of the lower floors of the building as firefighters sprayed water on it from the street. An unidentified woman said her 60- to 70-year-old parents were inside.

After dawn, firefighters could be seen spraying water into the middle floors of the still smoldering building from elevated platforms.

Eyewitnesses told Taiwanese media that they heard an explosion around 1 p.m.

The building is about 40 years old with shops on the lower levels and apartments above. The lower floors were completely black.

(With AP inputs)

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