Taiwanese authorities said Friday that the fire that destroyed a 13-story apartment block and killed 46 residents was caused by an incense-igniting female resident.
On October 15, the city’s southernmost suburb of Kaohsiung was devastated by a fire. It took several hours for firefighters to control the flames in an apartment block. It proved to be one of Taiwan’s deadliest fires in decades.
Huang is the family name of the female tenant. She was arrested for negligent homicide, and she has been released by the city. “apparently at fault.”
“She failed to make sure that the incense was completely extinguished before leaving the building to let the incense keep on burning, which then led to the fire,”City officials provided a detailed report on the blaze.
Huang has not been officially charged by the authorities yet. However, they continue to question Huang about this matter. According to prosecutors, she has offered inconsistent statements on the incident, first claiming she threw the incense into the rubbish and later saying she couldn’t remember what happened.
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This apartment block had been partially neglected and was mostly occupied by elderly persons of low income. Due to the debris and trash left behind, the fire quickly spread.
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