Taiwanese High Rise Fire Leaves 46 Dead, 41 Injured

A fire that has broken out at an apartment in the Chengzhongcheng building in Yancheng, Kaohsiung, Taiwan has killed 46 people and injured 41 more.

The Kaohsiung City Fire Department said the fire started at 2:54 a.m. and was extinguished at 7:17 a.m.

Fubei village chief Lin Chuan-fu reported that a large explosion was heard before the fire was spotted. 

At least 75 vehicles and 159 firefighters were dispatched to scene to fight the growing blaze. 

The fire department managed to get 87 people out, 14 eventually lost vital signs and were later declared dead, 32 were already dead at the scene, while 41 suffered minor injuries.

Fire Bureau chief Lee Ching-hsiu earlier reported that there could be more fatalities because some occupants were believed to have been trapped in the upper floors. 

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen announced that she had ordered increased search-and-rescue efforts from local authorities in the area and to provide aid to the victims. 

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