46 people were killed in a blazing fire in an apartment building in the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. Taiwanese authorities report this, according to international news agencies. 41 others were injured in the fire. The death toll could rise further; the building has yet to be searched by emergency services.
At around 3 a.m. local time, flames erupted from the thirteen-storey building, which housed a shop in addition to housing. Eyewitnesses told AP that they heard an explosion around the same time. Large parts of the forty-year-old building have been destroyed, the Taiwanese fire brigade said in a statement.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Firefighters stated that the fire burned most violently where a lot of rubbish and rubbish had accumulated. In the morning, the fire on the middle floors was still burning and the fire brigade was extinguishing from an aerial platform. An extensive search of the building will take place before sunset, authorities said.