At least 40 killed in Taiwan apartment fire

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Published on 14 Oct 2021, 13:52
The death toll in a deadly apartment blaze in southern Taiwan has risen to over 40, local authorities said on Thursday.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday at a 13-story residential building in the southern Kaohsiung city.

Kaohsiung authorities told reporters via a social media chat group that at least 40 people have been killed and 60 remain hospitalised.

Footage from local television showed firefighters dowsing the burning building with water, as rescue personnel carried away residents, many in oxygen masks, on stretchers.

According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, the 40-year-old building includes around 120 households on 13 floors, at least five of which are empty.

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