A massive fire in a tire factory in Taoyuan County’s Zhongli (Chungli) District resulted in a pall of smoke that could be seen from the neighboring Hsinchu County and New Taipei City. Fortunately no injuries or fatalities were recorded, but a legislator called for the factory to be relocated to an industrial zone.
Taiwan lags behind many countries when it comes to zoning laws. Many neighborhoods offer a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential establishments. Manufacturing facilities are even often located inside residential buildings.
Taoyuan County, Zhongli District representative Wang Haoyu (王浩宇) said that to protect the health of children, and in the greater interests of the residents of Zhongli, the Tai Fung Tire factory needs to relocate to an industrial zone.
Tai Fung Tyre Co., Ltd has been operating the facility since 1955, and since, a city has grown around it.
More than 300 firefighters along with 87 firetrucks were dispatched to battle the blaze from 3:39pm until 9:50pm. Some firefighters stayed at the site and continued to douse the smoldering piles of tires until 5:30am this morning.
Seven residential buildings located next to the buildings were affected, and 141 residents were evacuated and provided with accommodation in nearby hotels and motels.