Couple rescued after son doesn’t want to get up for school, sets fire to house

Firefighters in Changhua County rescued two people after their son set fire to the house because he didn’t want to get up for school this morning, Monday, December 20. The Changhua County Fire Department received a report of a fire in the house in Tianzhong Township at 7:41 am. Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor of the house on fire, and two people calling for help from the upper floors. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a 39-year-old woman

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When fear of infection overcomes rationality: three charged for quarantine hotel fire deaths

The operator and two staff of a hotel used for quarantine have been indicted on charges of negligent homicide, and negligent injury, following an inquiry into a fire in building that left four people dead and 22 injured in Changhua City, Taiwan, June 2021. See previous story: Four dead including one firefighter in COVID quarantine hotel fire The Changhua District Prosecutor’s Office charged Cai Jinfeng, Shen Yiqian, and Wu Songrong, after finding that they did not immediately notify the quarantined

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Parcel bursts into flames, destroys mail in Taoyuan City post office

More than 100 parcels were destroyed after a package suddenly caught fire while being sorted at a post office in Taoyuan City this morning. According to Taoyuan City Fire Department, mail workers were sorting mail at the Xinwu District Post Office when a package suddenly began emitting smoke at 7:56 am. Post office personnel attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the flames quickly spread to other packages. The fire department dispatched 5 vehicles and 32 personnel

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Death toll in Kaohsiung City building fire rises to 46

At the end of a 13-hour firefighting and search and rescue mission following a fire in a 13 storey building in Kaohsiung City, 46 people have been declared dead, and 41 were injured. Kaohsiung City Fire Department said that at conclusion of the search mission at 3:30 pm, 32 bodies had been found in the Cheng-zhong-cheng (City within a City) Building in Yancheng District. Another 14 people who were rushed to hospital without vital signs, were declared dead, bringing the

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At least 20 dead in Kaohsiung City residential building fire

At least 20 people have died, and around 50 are injured, after a fire broke out in a 13-storey building in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning today, October 14. Kaohsiung City Fire Department received reports of a fire in the mixed residential and commercial Chengzhongcheng Building on Fubei Road in Yancheng District at 2:54 am, Thursday. The fire department dispatched 72 vehicles and 145 personnel to battle the blaze. Firefighters found an intense fire fueled by

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Family rescued after teen locks them in and sets apartment on fire

Firefighters in New Taipei City used a ladder truck to rescue a family of four from a balcony, after they were locked in a burning apartment by a sixteen year old unhappy about being restricted from playing online games and watching TV this morning, September 27. Firefighters in Sanxia District responded to reports of a fire in a 14-storey building on Xuecheng Road at around 3:00 am. Four people were found trapped on the balcony of their burning 6th floor

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Residential fire death toll rises to 4 after 7-year-old succumbs to injuries

Four of seven victims have died, and one remains in a critical condition today, four days after a fire destroyed a residence in Sanxia District, New Taipei City. Three people were left dead, and four were injured, three critically, after a fire broke out on the first floor of the six story apartment building on Minsheng Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning, August 11. Six of the occupants had lost vital signs before or during rescue operations, according

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Four dead including one firefighter in COVID quarantine hotel fire

Four people died, including one firefighter, and 22 people were injured after a fire in a building housing a quarantine hotel in Changhua City last night, June 30. A fire broke out on the second floor of the 15-storey Qiaoyou Building at around 7:45 pm. Twenty-nine people under mandatory quarantine, and two employees were in the hotel on the 7th to 9th floors when the fire broke out. Changhua County Fire Department received the first reports of the fire at

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Coal conveyor on fire at Taichung Power Plant

A fire that consumed around one hundred meters of a coal conveyor belt at the Taichung Power Plant this morning is now under control and power supplies will not be affected according to state power supplier Taipower today, Thursday, June 10. According to reports, the conveyor belt began to emit smoke and flames shortly after 7:00 am. A total of 11 fire fighting appliances and 24 personnel were dispatched from the onsite fire station, and four other surrounding stations. The

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Fireworks factory explosion leaves Filipino man critically injured

A Philippines national is fighting for his life in hospital after an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Chiayi County this afternoon, Sunday, June 6. The Chiayi County Fire Department received reports of an explosion and fire at the Yongfeng Pyrotechnic Factory in Dongshi Township at around 2:20 pm. Because the fire was located in a pyrotechnics factory, the fire department spared no precautions, and dispatched eleven vehicles and a large number of personnel to the scene from

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Firefighters airlifted to central mountains, hike 5 hours to fight forest fire

A team of firefighters was flown to a landing point in a remote area of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, and faced a further 5-hour hike to reach a fire on Dashuiku Mountain today, May 16. Chiayi Forest Management Office dispatched the team after a fire was reported at around 4:00 am this morning from the Yushan (Mt Jade) Weather Station. As it would normally take three days to hike to the remote location, it was decided to dispatch a helicopter

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