More than 40 persons are feared to have died after a fireplace in a residential constructing in the southern Taiwanese metropolis of Kaohsiung, the authorities stated on Thursday.
The hearth broke out in the 40-year-old constructing in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng district in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished round daybreak.
Kaohsiung hearth chief Lee Ching-hsiu stated firefighters had been nonetheless going by way of the constructing and it regarded just like the variety of lifeless may exceed 40 folks.
Mayor Chen Chi-mai stated the constructing was partly deserted, having beforehand been host to eating places, karaoke lounges and a cinema.
The authorities is investigating the trigger together with whether or not arson was responsible.