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6 dead after KTV fire in Taipei City: Alarms and sprinkler system were switched off

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At least 5 dead, 50 injured after KTV fire in Taipei City: Alarms and sprinkler system were switched off



April 26, 2020 Phillip Charlier

Fifty four people were sent to hospital, and 5 have been declared dead after a fire at a popular KTV in Taipei City today, April 26.

The Taipei City Fire Department dispatched 56 fire appliances, 23 ambulances, and 192 personnel to the Party World KTV on Linsen North Road in Zhongshan District after the fire was reported shortly before 11:00 am.

According to the preliminary investigation, the fire broke out on the 5th floor of the 14-storey building, trapping people on the higher floors.

A total of around 200 people were evacuated from the building, with 54 people sent to hospital. Seven of the injured were without signs of life (OHCA). Five people have been declared dead, and two are in a critical condition.

According to reports, the fire started on the fifth floor where a construction project was underway, and flammable building materials accelerated the blaze. An empty elevator shaft then resulted in a “chimney effect” spreading smoke to the higher floors.

The fire alarm and sprinkler system was turned off at the time of the fire, and firefighters suspect that the operators of the KTV or the construction personnel had turned off the system.

Wang zheng-xiong ( 王正雄 ) of the Taipei City Fire Department said that the fire equipment including smoke exhaust system, sprinkler system, alarms and internal broadcasting system had all been shut down. It is absolutely illegal and constitutes a “serious case of human negligence.”

A man rescued from the 7th floor told reporters that he was one of a group of 15 students who were alerted by other customers that the building was on fire. As the area began to fill up with smoke, they to open a fire escape sling, but the case was locked. The group then sought shelter in a bathroom, soaking clothes and surgical masks with water to filter the smoke while awaiting rescue.


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3,878 fires reported in Taipei from 2017-2019

04/26/2020



Taipei, April 26 (CNA) A total of 3,878 fires were reported in Taipei over the past three years, resulting in 44 deaths and 62 injuries.

Fifteen of the fatalities, or 34.1 percent of the total, were caused by electrical fires, according to statistics from the city's fire department.

The statistics show that 1,438 fires took place in 2017, 1,236 in 2018 and 1,204 in 2019.

Sixty-six percent of the fires were caused by home cooking equipment at 944, 835 and 781 cases, respectively, during the three-year period, Lin Ju-ying (林如瑩), a department official said.

The second leading cause of the fires were related to electrical problems, accounting for 294, 228 and 261 cases, respectively, or 20.1 percent of the total.

Lit cigarette butts was the third major cause, resulting in 83, 78 and 70 cases, respectively, or 5.9 percent of the total, according to Lin.

Suicide by fire caused nine deaths, while fires started by discarded lit cigarette butts caused six deaths, Lin said.

Gas-powered home cooking equipment fires, meanwhile, caused just one death.

Meanwhile, electrical fires caused 29 injuries, or 46.8 percent of the total, while arson caused eight injuries, or 12.9 percent of the total, cigarette butts caused five injuries, and four were injured by gas leaks, according to Lin.

(By Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao)
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