Rescue and rescue work on the site continued this afternoon at local time. Taiwanese officials said 55 people had been taken to the hospital, 14 of whom showed no signs of life. In addition, at least 11 bodies were found at the scene of the accident, which were transported directly to the morgue.
In the lower part of the building there were offices and shops, from the seventh to the 11th floor the house was used for residential housing. Many floors were destroyed, according to firefighters.
Rescue work complicates the age of the building, it is from 1981, and the rubble that prevents access to some parts of the building. The cause of the fire has not yet been clarified. One of the witnesses said he was awakened in the middle of the night by a massive explosion and then saw a house on fire. This was later confirmed by other witnesses. The Minister of the Interior immediately came to the scene of the accident.
Source: SITA / EBC via AP
According to firefighters, the fire was extremely devastating and destroyed many floors of the building, part of which was no longer inhabited, but it also housed several shops and more than 100 apartments. It was built more than 40 years ago and was reportedly in poor condition.
More than 150 firefighters and 75 fire trucks were deployed to fight the flames. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the flames were particularly intense on the first floor, where a lot of waste had accumulated. Several witnesses claimed that there was an explosion from the building around the time it started burning.
Search work at the site of the fire continued in the afternoon local time.