The Taipei City Government Fire Department issued a press release this morning urging people to install smoke detectors in their homes, and escape gates in security bars after a family of four died in a blaze in the early hours of the morning today, October 29.
At around 3:00am, a fire broke out on the third floor of a building on Yanping Road and quickly spread in the uninhabited apartment used for storage. The Lai family were trapped in their fourth floor apartment which also erupted into flames. Neighbors heard calls for help but by the time firefighters arrived the calls had stopped.
After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found the charred remains of Mr Lai, 43, his 36 year-old wife, and two children aged 7 and 5.
The fire department press release noted that the apartment did not have fire alarms installed, had wooden interior fittings which caused the blaze to spread quickly, and had security bars which made it impossible to escape.