Taipei authorities tipped off about illegal facility

FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 24, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Firefighters look through the cut-open steel shutter of an unregistered long-term care facility in Taipei’s Neihu District on Tuesday after putting out a fire that caused the death of three residents.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people.

The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm.

The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for emergency treatment. Two of the men died on Tuesday and the third man died yesterday morning.

The city’s departments of social welfare and health issued a joint news release late on Tuesday evening, saying that the long-term care facility was operated by a woman surnamed Ting (丁) and that it was not legally registered.    [FULL  STORY]

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