Taiwan nursing home fire kills six

At least six people died in a fire at an elderly care centre in northern Taiwan on Wednesday, a news report said.

The accident occurred in New Taipei and left 28 other people injured, including one in critical condition, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

The fire was caused by the improper use of electrical appliances, said Hou You-yi, deputy mayor of New Taipei City. A more comprehensive investigation was under way, he said.

The private nursing home is located on the eighth floor of a building in Xindian district and houses disabled elderly people, cancer patients and people with dementia.

New Taipei officials said the nursing home was understaffed when the accident occurred.

Taipei District Prosecutors Office said that the probe will focus on whether any human error was involved.

New Taipei Mayor Chu Li-lun said that all elderly care centres in the jurisdiction will be inspected in the near future to ensure their safety.

Premier Lin Chuan expressed his condolences over the fire.

Last update: Wed, 06/07/2016 - 13:55

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