A 500 ton Mongolian-registered cargo ship that ran aground on the coast of Changhua County October 13 suddenly erupted into flames at around 4:00am this morning.
At around 4:00am, Changhua County Fire Bureau received a report from Coast Guard officers that the cabin of the Lianhe 36 was on fire. Five firefighting teams were dispatched to deal with the blaze, along with 17 firefighting appliances and an ambulance.
Firefighters used ladders to board the stranded vessel and took around one hour to extinguish the fire.
Authorities intend to dismantle the ship onsite and have it completely removed within one month.
The fire bureau is investigating in an attempt to determine the cause of the blaze.