Chemical leak spreads stench over large areas of Hsinchu County, then causes fire

A leak of chemical gas at the Far Eastern New Century Corporation Chemical Fiber Plant in Xinpu Township spread a pungent smell over large areas of Hsinchu County, could be smelled as far away as Miaoli County, and then caused a fire, Wednesday evening, September 23. The Hsinchu County Environmental Protection Bureau was first informed of the leak at 5:30 pm. The leak consisted of a mixture of biphenyl and diphenyl ethers, according to a United Daily News report. Residents

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Chemical plant explosion rocks southern Taiwan, heard more than 30 kilometers away

An explosion at a chemical plant in an industrial zone in Yunlin county shattered glass in buildings up to two kilometers away, shook houses five kilometers away, and was heard more than 30 kilometers away, according to media reports, today, April 7. Fortunately, there were no human casualties. The explosion occurred at 2:04pm at the Formosa Plastics Group Taihua aromatics plant, at the petrochemical conglomerate’s refinery complex in the Mailiao Industrial Park, and was followed by an intense fire emitting

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Plastics Factory Burns for 16 hours

A fire at a plastics factory in Taoyuan City was finally extinguished this morning after firefighters battled the blaze for 16 hours. The fire broke out in a plastics scrap yard located next to the factory in Guanyin District yesterday at around 3:00pm, and spread quickly due to the large amount of stored flammable materials. A total of 176 firefighters and 41 vehicles were dispatched to fight the blaze. The fire produced a large pall of thick, black smoke, which

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Taichung Factory Burns All Night

Firefighters in Taichung City battled a blaze in a factory from shortly after 9:00pm last night until the fire was finally extinguished at around 6:15am this morning. The fire bureau received a report of a fire at the Chuang Yuan Precision Machinery factory in Wuri District at around 9:20pm. Nineteen fire appliances and 62 firefighters were dispatched to deal with the blaze. The fire was intense due to the large amount of plastic raw material consisting of plastic granules contained

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6 Foreign Workers Confirmed Dead After Fire in Suspect Factory Dorm

Six Vietnamese workers are confirmed dead after a fire at a factory in Taoyuan in the early hours of this morning, December 14. All six remains were found on what is suspected to be an illegally constructed dormitory on the second floor. The fire broke out at around 2:00am. Preliminary investigations point to an electrical transformer box in the second floor stairway as the ignition point. The staircase appears to have been the only exit from the dormitory. Witnesses said

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21 Year-old Firefighter Dies Fighting Factory Fire

A young firefighter was found dead by colleagues after entering a factory on fire in Hsinchu County this afternoon. The firefighter was wearing breathing apparatus at the time, and the cause of death has not been established. At around 2:00pm, 21 year-old Lin Yongxuan (林永軒) was on the third floor of the 7 floor factory with another firefighter and a member of staff of Solartech Energy Corp. According to media reports, Lin’s colleague left to replenish his air tank, and

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11 Firefighters Treated for Acid Burns: Unitech Factory Fire

Eleven firefighters had to be treated in hospital after being injured by acid burns and inhalation, while fighting a fire at a factory in Tucheng yesterday evening, September 28. The factory belongs to printed circuit board manufacturer Unitech. According to Liberty Times Network, Unitech staff at the Tucheng factory are suspected to have deliberately concealed the fact that there were hazardous materials on site, putting firefighters lives in danger. New Taipei City Fire Bureau received a report of the fire

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Plastics Factory Fire a Major Pollution Incident: Smoke Visible from Space

[Cover Picture: Instant Weather Facebook Group.] A fire at a plastics factory in Pingtung County has caused a major pollution incident with a black cloud drifting all the way to Kaohsiung City and Tainan City, and is said to be visible from space. The fire broke out at around 7:00am this morning, July 5, in a factory in Guangan village, Wandan Township, Pingtung County. Pingtung County Fire Bureau dispatched 20 fire appliances and 55 firefighters to battle the blaze. A

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