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Fire in Taiwan: At least 46 dead and dozens injured as fire engulfs an apartment building | World News

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At least 46 people were killed and dozens injured after a fire broke out in a 13-story residential building in southern Taiwan.

The “extremely fierce” fire broke out around 3 am and destroyed several floors of the tower in Kaohsiung city.

The fire was extinguished at dawn and firefighters were still moving through the building, Kaohsiung Fire Chief Lee Ching-hsiu said, adding that the death toll could rise.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo: AP

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched, even if it was deliberately started.

Previously, authorities said 55 people had been taken to the hospital. Of them, 14 showed no signs of life.

At least 11 people found at the scene went directly to the morgue, the fire department chief said.

Eyewitnesses told local media that they heard the sound of an explosion around 3 a.m.

In this image taken from Taiwanese EBC video, firefighters shoot water at a building that caught fire in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Thursday.  14, 2021. The fire engulfed a 13-story building overnight in southern Taiwan, killing some and injuring dozens, the island's semi-official central news agency reported Thursday.  (EBC via AP)
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The lower levels of the building were completely blackened where the fire had been put out. Photo: AP

Video images shown on Taiwanese television showed orange flames and smoke billowing from the lower floors of the building as firefighters tackled the blaze.

The lower levels of the apartment block were completely blackened where the fire had been put out.

Authorities said the building is about 40 years old with shops on the lower levels and upper floors.

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