By: Liang Pei-chi, Yeh Su-ping and Evleyn Kao
The fire broke out on the fifth floor of a 14-floor building housing the Linsen branch of Cashbox Partyworld KTV and left at least five people dead and one person in critical condition.
The Taipei City Fire Department later found that the business's fire alarm, smoke alarm, sprinkler and emergency broadcasting systems were turned off at the time of the blaze.
"If the company wanted to turn those systems off, it shouldn't have opened for business yesterday," Hua said, describing it as "gross human negligence" to turn off major alarms in a confined, crowded space. [FULL STORY]