Fire in southern Taiwan kills 46

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Firefighters battle a blaze at a building in Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan today. (AP pic)

Reuters

TAIPEI: A fire in a residential building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 46 people and injured another 41, the government said today.

The fire broke out in the 40-year-old building in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng district in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished around dawn.

The Kaohsiung fire department said in a statement that after completing a search of the building they were able to confirm 46 deaths.

Mayor Chen Chi-mai said the building was partly abandoned, having previously been host to restaurants, karaoke lounges and a cinema.

The government is investigating the cause including whether arson was to blame.