The blaze began within the 13-story business and residential constructing at 2:54 a.m. native time (2:54 p.m. ET) in Kaohsiung metropolis’s Yancheng district, Taiwan’s official Central Information Company (CNA) stated.
Authorities have warned the variety of casualties might rise as some individuals should still be trapped within the residential a part of the constructing, between the seventh and eleventh flooring, town’s fireplace chief, Lee Ching-hsiu, stated.
Nearly 160 firefighters had been deployed to the scene and extinguished the fireplace by 7:17 a.m. (7:17 pm ET), CNA stated. By noon, no less than 62 individuals between the ages of 8 and 83 had been rescued.
Greater than 100 residents, a lot of them senior residents with bodily disabilities, dwell within the constructing, based on CNA.