[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 body. The injured woman is being treated at China Medical University.
A neighbor told Apple Daily that he heard the woman named Su shouting “I cannot get out,” and people calling out to each other to “lie low,” but the fire intensified and the voices went silent.
Taichung City Fire Bureau dispatched 16 fire appliances, 5 ambulances, and a total of 65 personnel to the scene of the fire in Beitun District at around 4:45 am this morning.
The chief of the eighth brigade of the Taichung Fire Department said that the large pile of clutter caused the fire to spread rapidly.
It is suspected that the ignition point was on the first floor, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Household clutter is frequently cited by firefighters as a contributor to residential fire disasters in Taiwan.
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