3 Dead and 1 Injured After Residential Fire in Cluttered House

[Pictures: Taichung Fire Bureau.] Two men and one woman died in a fire in Taichung City this morning, and another woman suffered burns to 45% of her body. The dead were found on the second floor, which firefighters said was filled with piles of clutter and books. The dead were two males surnamed Huang, 33, and 70 years-old, and a woman named Su, 32 years-old. A 65 year-old woman named Lin managed to escape but suffered burns to her upper

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Trains Delayed after 5.6 Earthquake Rocks East Coast

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast counties of Hualien and Taidong this morning, causing Taiwan Railways Administration to order all trains traveling between Fengtian and Ruisui to slow down until safety inspections are completed along the route. The earthquake struck at 7:10 am centered 38.64 kilometers east of Hualien County Yuli Earthquake Station with a maximum intensity of magnitude 5 felt in Changbin Township, Taitung County. Coastal townships south of Hualien City felt a magnitude 4. Maximum earthquake

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Man Suffers Burns After Go Kart Bursts into Flames

A man turned into a human fireball after the go kart he was driving erupted into flames at a go kart track in Hsinchu County today, according to reports in Apple Daily and SETN. The twenty-one year-old man, named Peng, was enjoying a day out in sunny, warm weather, on the third day of the Lunar New Year holiday, when the accident happened in Hengshan Township shortly before 4:00 pm this afternoon. According to United Daily News, Peng suffered burns

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Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 10: CWB Can’t Rule Out Possibility of Bigger Quake to Follow

The Central Disaster Response Center this evening, February 8, said that the current death toll from the Hualien earthquake now stands at 10, with 272 injured, and seven missing. A total of 772 people are in emergency accommodations. Among the deceased are four Chinese nationals, and a Filipino carer named Melody who was found trapped in a closet in the ill-fated Yun-Men Tsui-di building. Among the missing are five Chinese Nationals, and two Canadian citizens with the surnames Su (蘇)

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Gas Explosion in Kaohsiung Restaurant Injures 20

Up to 20 people were injured, with three in intensive care, after a gas explosion at a bento restaurant in Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City this evening, February 1. Liberty Times reports that a massive blast plunged the restaurant into a sea of fire at around 6:50 pm. Glass fragments showered the street, and the windows of nearby vehicles shattered. Video uploaded by the public to social media showed an intense blaze that ensued after the explosion. Both Liberty Times and

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New Year Fireworks Suspected Cause of Fire in Miaoli County

[Picture: appropriated from Apple Daily, source unattributed] Two adjacent recycling centers went up in flames shortly after midnight in Miaoli County, New Years Day, 2018. Residents suspected fireworks were the cause of the conflagration, but the fire department said investigations were ongoing. At around 1:00 am this morning, firefighters responded to calls reporting a fire in Zhunan Township. Large amounts of waste paper, plastics, and other combustible materials created an intense blaze that spread quickly. Due to much of the

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Taichung Factory Burns All Night

Firefighters in Taichung City battled a blaze in a factory from shortly after 9:00pm last night until the fire was finally extinguished at around 6:15am this morning. The fire bureau received a report of a fire at the Chuang Yuan Precision Machinery factory in Wuri District at around 9:20pm. Nineteen fire appliances and 62 firefighters were dispatched to deal with the blaze. The fire was intense due to the large amount of plastic raw material consisting of plastic granules contained

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6 Foreign Workers Confirmed Dead After Fire in Suspect Factory Dorm

Six Vietnamese workers are confirmed dead after a fire at a factory in Taoyuan in the early hours of this morning, December 14. All six remains were found on what is suspected to be an illegally constructed dormitory on the second floor. The fire broke out at around 2:00am. Preliminary investigations point to an electrical transformer box in the second floor stairway as the ignition point. The staircase appears to have been the only exit from the dormitory. Witnesses said

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Arson Attack Leaves at least One Dead in New Taipei City Blaze

[Breaking News: Rapid updates expected] Witnesses reported seeing petrol bombs thrown at a restaurant in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, before the premises broke into flames that spread to residential apartments in the 5 storey building. Four serious injuries have been reported, including 3 who had lost vital signs at the scene. A 28 year-old woman jumped from a third floor balcony, and was reported to have suffered fractures to her legs, but was conscious after concerned neighbors placed quilts

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9 Dead in Apartment Fire: Arsonist Arrested

At least 9 people died and 2 were injured after an arsonist set fire to timber stacked in a staircase on the 4th floor of an apartment building in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, yesterday, November 22. A 49 year-old man was arrested this morning after witness reports and CCTV footage identified him as a suspect. As the fire was started in the staircase, residents on the 4th floor, and in an illegally constructed residence on the 5th floor, were

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7 Injured in Restaurant Gas Explosion

[Picture: A man is seen rescuing his 3 year-old daughter after a gas explosion in Changhua County.] Seven people were injured, including a 3 year-old girl, when leaking gas at a table in a hot pot restaurant erupted into flames in Changhua County this evening, Thursday, November 9. Video monitors recorded the moment at around 6:00pm, when a staff member was attempting to change a gas bottle for the tabletop gas burner. The staff member looks nervous as he anxiously

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