An overnight fire broke out in a building in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city on Thursday, killing 46 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said.
The fire broke out in the 13-story, mixed-use building early Thursday morning, igniting several floors before firefighters finally brought it under control, according to officials.
“41 people were injured and 46 people died in the fire,” Kaohsiung’s fire department said in a statement to reporters.
Photos published by Taiwan’s official Central News Agency showed smoke billowing out of the building’s windows as firefighters desperately tried to douse the flames using expandable hoses.
Fire officials said most of the deaths were on floors seven to eleven, which had residential apartments. The first five floors were for commercial use but were vacant.
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