46 people killed in building fire


Forty-six people died and dozens more were injured in a fire that broke out early Thursday in a building in the city of Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan, according to an official report.

The fire started in a 13-story mixed-use building in the wee hours of the day, authorities said, and ravaged several floors before firefighters managed to bring it under control.

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Photos released by Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency show smoke billowing from the building’s windows as firefighters desperately try to put out the flames.

Most of the victims were between the seventh and eleventh floors, which housed residential apartments, firefighters said. The first five floors, intended for commercial use, were unoccupied.

City firefighters dispatched more than 70 trucks to fight the blaze.


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