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46 dead in Taiwan’s ‘ghost building’ fire

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(Taiwan News) — A massive blaze that started in an apartment in a mixed-use building in Kaohsiung early Thursday morning (Oct. 14) has killed 46 people and injured 41.

At 2 a.m. on Thursday, a fire broke out in the Chengzhongcheng (城中城) Building in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng District, a deteriorating structure dubbed locally as “Kaohsiung’s No. 1 ghost building.”

The Kaohsiung City Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire by 7 a.m., having retrieved 87 people, including 14 who lost vital signs and were later declared dead, 32 found dead at the scene, and 41 who suffered minor injuries, reported CNA.

According to the fire department, a fire was reported at an aging structure at 31, Fubei Road, at 2:54 a.m. The mixed residential-commercial building is 13 stories tall and was built 40 years ago.

Two underground floors are currently not in use, while the first to fifth floors are abandoned. There are approximately 120 households residing on the seventh through 11th floors.

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