7 women killed in Miaoli fire

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/27
By: J.P. Kuang and Flor Wang

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Seven people were killed in a fire that broke out in a 30178676two-story sheet metal building in Miaoli early Sunday, according to the results of an initial investigation.

The blaze was so strong that the building, covering 70 pings (231.42 square meters), was totally destroyed. Fifteen people allegedly attending a religious ceremony were trapped inside.

The seven women who died were all from other parts of Taiwan, while four others — three men and a woman –were rescued and taken to hospital, where one remained in critical condition. Four others were rescued uninjured.

While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, prosecutors said it might have been caused by the religious ritual, as many religious items and candlesticks were found at the scene.     [FULL  STORY]

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