Serious blaze results in dozens deaths in Taiwan (VIDEO)

11:46, 14 October 2021
Serious blaze results in dozens deaths in Taiwan (VIDEO) Photo: Handout/ Fire Bureau Of Kaohsiun/Global Look Press

A large blaze engulfed a 13-story building in Taiwan, Kaohsiung at around 3 am local time as officials have reported 11 people confirmed dead while 14 others had no signs of life.

Fire officials said that the blaze was “extremely fierce” and destroyed many floors while the bottom level of the building was looking completely blackened. The local officials were concerned that the pronounced number of fatalities was not the final.

In Taiwan, the official confirmation of death can only be made in the hospital.

Dozens of people were reported to have been taken to local hospitals on Thursday.

Fire Chief, Li Ching-hsiu, said that the death toll could overwhelm 40 as the searching and rescue efforts were going on.

The latest report indicated the increased death toll total of 46.

Footage shows rescuers working hard conducting numerous tasks as some of them downing affected people on the elevated platforms, others attempting to extinguish the ravaging blaze. A vast number of emergency service vehicles and hardware surrounded the impacted area. 

The continuous fire extinguishing process which started at night and had been lasting till the daytime showed the serious extent of the accident as the firefighters were seen spraying water into the middle floors of the then-moldering building.

The cause of the fire remains unclear, but Taiwan media reported that eyewitnesses heard a blast at approximately 3:00 am.

The burned building consisted of shops on the lower level and apartments above.