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Fire in southern Taiwan kills 46

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Fire in southern Taiwan kills 46

Banners showing Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen are on display near Tsai's campaign rally in Taipei, Taiwan, 17 November 2019. Tsai, from the pro-independence ruling party DPP, is seeking re-election on 11 January 2020. EPA-EFE/DAVID CHANG
By Reuters
14 Oct 2021 0

TAIPEI, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A fire in a residential building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 46 people and injured another 41, the government said on Thursday.

The fire broke out in the 40-year-old building in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng district in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished around dawn.

The Kaohsiung fire department said in a statement that after completing a search of the building they were able to confirm 46 deaths.

Mayor Chen Chi-mai said the building was partly abandoned, having previously been host to restaurants, karaoke lounges and a cinema.

The government is investigating the cause including whether arson was to blame. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Peter Graff)

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