At least 22 people were killed in a fire at a skyscraper in Kaohsiung, a port city in southern Taiwan, on Thursday. That was reported by local media. There are also more than 50 injured. The number of victims could rise, because many residents in the upper floors became trapped.
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The thirteen-storey apartment building is forty years old. It houses both residential apartments and businesses. Because there are several empty restaurants, karaoke clubs and cinemas, the building is also known as a “haunted house”.
According to unconfirmed reports, the fire broke out on the first floor. About 150 sprayers worked for hours to get the fire under control. The CNA news agency quoted officials as saying escape routes were blocked, which also hampered rescue efforts.
Many of the residents in the apartment building are seniors with a physical disability or dementia. There are fears that many have failed to escape from the burning building.