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Nine dead, 16 injured in hospital fire in Taiwan

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According to the information given by the officials, in an incident that took place in Taiwan’s New Taipei City today killed at least nine people and 16 others got injured after fire broke out on the seventh floor of the Weifu hospital.

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Some witnesses said they heard the sound of an explosion before the start of the fire.

A statement from the Office of Disaster Prevention of the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare said that 33 patients, two employees and a nurse were rescued. The fire started in a building of the Weifu Hospital and 76 rescue vehicles and some 276 firefighters were deployed to the scene to control the fire, which was extinguished within an hour. The victims were transferred to the Yadong, Xintai, Hulong, Beima and Fudan hospitals. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the police of New Taipei have initiated an investigation.

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