Ministry orders fire safety checks at college campuses

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/14
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Flor Wang

Photo courtesy of Chinese Cultural University

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday instructed universities and colleges across Taiwan to check fire safety measures at their facilities and be ready for an inspection within one week, following a fire at a university in Taipei that seriously injured two students a day earlier.

According to Taipei City Construction Management Office, the fire broke out in an eight-story building at Chinese Cultural University. It was later confirmed that the fifth to the eighth floors were illegally built.

As the illegal structure was built in 1994, in line with existing regulations, it does not have to be razed, office spokesman Hung Te-hao (洪德豪) told reporters.

The office said it has asked the university to apply for a construction permit to legalize the structure and conduct a thorough inspection of fire safety measures in the building.

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