Date
24 September 2018
Fire inspectors view damage after a deadly fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City on Monday. Photo: Reuters
Fire inspectors view damage after a deadly fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Probe launched after hospital fire kills nine in Taiwan

A fire broke out at a hospital in Taiwan on Monday, killing nine people and injuring 15, Reuters reports.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze.

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.

The fire broke out on the seventh 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.

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