Taipei: A massive fire in a multi-story residential complex in southern Taiwan has killed at least 46 people. 41 people were injured. The fire broke out in a 13-story building in the city of Kaohsiung. The incident took place around 3 am on Thursday. The death toll rose as the accident happened while residents were fast asleep.
The fire department said the blaze quickly engulfed the building. Eleven bodies were recovered during the rescue operation. The others died at the hospital. The death toll could rise further as rescue operations continue in the building, said Lee Ching Xiu of the fire department. Authorities said the building was completely burned down. The cause of the fire is not clear.