Blaze at Taiwan hospital kills 9; cause being investigated

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Blaze at Taiwan hospital kills 9; cause being investigated

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A fire at a hospital in Taiwan killed nine people on Monday and injured 15 and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, authorities said.

Fire inspectors view damage after a fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital, causing multiple deaths, in New Taipei City, Taiwan August 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Premier William Lai said the health ministry was overseeing rescue efforts at the hospital in New Taipei City, where the fire was extinguished shortly after dawn.

Fire inspectors view damage after a fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital, causing multiple deaths, in New Taipei City, Taiwan August 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The fire broke out on the 7th floor of the building, which was used for hospice care.

Media footage showed patients being wheeled out of the building in their hospital beds, while medical workers took others out on stretchers and into ambulances.

Scores of ambulances lined up outside the hospital waiting to take victims to medical centers.

Reporting by Jess Macy Yu and Taipei bureau; Editing by Robert Birsel

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