Forty-six people were killed and dozens injured in a building fire in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung on Thursday, October 14, making it one of the worst buildings in the world in 20 years.
⁇The fire injured 41 people and left 46 deadKaohsiung firefighters said in a statement. A fire broke out in a 13-storey mixed utility building in the early hours of the morning, with firefighters burning several floors before being brought under control.
70 trucks to put out the fire
Firefighters said most of the victims were between the seventh and eleventh floors of residential apartments. The first five sites designed for commercial use were unmanned. City firefighters dispatched more than 70 trucks to put out the blaze, which took four hours to put out.
Residents said they heard several loud noises in the basement where the fire started. “Down below heard many loud bang, bang, bang bangs and went downstairs to investigate», A resident of the building who wished to remain anonymous was notified by Formosa TV. The name of another survivor was described anonymously. “When I opened the door to exit the hallway it was full of black smoke“, She said.
The building is 40 years old and is mostly occupied by low-income residents. Authorities have not yet ruled out the possibility of a fire, he added.
Forensic teams were at the scene, and further searches of the building were planned before sunset. The island has been evolving into the deadliest island in decades. The last fire with a similar death toll began in 1995, when 64 people died in a crowded karaoke club. It is one of the most dangerous apartment buildings in the world in 20 years.
Often affected by earthquakes and hurricanes, Taiwan has strict building codes, but there is often a gap between these safety standards and the way they are enforced, especially in older buildings. In the recent earthquakes some heavy tolls caused old buildings to collapse, which were not designed to quality.