Taipei, A massive inferno raged inside a printed circuit board manufacturing facility in Taoyuan City Saturday night, killing five firemen and two migrant workers, while injuring seven other firefighters, the city's fire department said Sunday.
The department said that seven firefighters lost contact with their team after they raced to battle the blaze that broke out at Chin Poon Industrial (????) factory at around 9 p.m. Saturday to rescue several migrant workers believed to be trapped inside.
However, five of the firemen were found killed later. Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???), who was on site to coordinate firefighting and relief efforts, told reporters the five firemen were killed because they were trapped underneath heavy machinery that made them unable to escape the fire.
Seven other firefighters suffered injuries. Some were splashed by acids or alkali chemicals stored at the factory splashed on. They have been hospitalized.
Lu Tsung-yu (???), the first of the firemen to be rescued, was found at 00:50 a.m. Sunday, the department said. Lin Wei-hsi (???), another fireman, was found at around 4 a.m. Sunday. Both of them are hospitalized in serious condition.
The five firemen killed are: Lin Po-ting (???), Yu Po-yu (???), Yu Yao-yang (???), Yu Chia-sheng (???), and Lee Han-lin (???), the department said.
The conditions of the other rescued firemen were not immediately known.
The department said that two migrant workers killed in the blaze were two men from Thailand. Information about their identity is yet to be disclosed.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, but the Taoyuan Fire Department has said the factory contained a large amount of different types of chemicals, including highly flammable and explosive material.
A total of 189 firemen, 67 fire trucks and ambulances were sent to the scene of the fire to fight the blaze and carry out search and rescue efforts, according to officials.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel