Fire at Taiwan tower block kills at least 46

The fire that broke in at Taiwan tower has killed at least 46.

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The fire that broke in at Taiwan tower has killed at least 46.

The fire erupted in the 13-story building causing damage to the property and human lives. It took firefighters more than four hours to extinguish the blaze.

Other than the 46 people, almost 79 were taken to the hospital immediately. The cause of the fire is unclear and investigators are at the scene. Officials earlier warned that people may have been trapped in the residential part of the building, between the seventh and 11th floors.

Piles of unused items on the building’s lower floors made rescue efforts more difficult. Fire officials later urged the public not to allow rubbish to accumulate in or around their residences and to keep staircases unobstructed.

The building’s lower section had once housed restaurants, karaoke bars, and a cinema, but these were reportedly no longer in use. Several residents in the block of about 120 apartments are thought to be old or to have disabilities.