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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwan Fire Kills 13

TAIPEI () -- Thirteen people were killed and 17 injured when fire engulfed an eight-story building in the central Taiwan city of Taichung on Tuesday, the second fatal blaze to hit the city in 10 days.


A police officer said the blaze may have been an act of arson.


The fire, which erupted before dawn on the ground floor, caused most of its casualties on the upper floors as the building's closed-off design led to heavy smoke rising up the stairs.


The blaze dealt another blow to Taichung's public safety record after 17 people were killed in a sauna parlor fire in the city Feb. 17.


In a separate incident in Seoul, South Korea, a fire tore through one of the country's leading department stores Tuesday, sending hundreds of terrified shoppers fleeing for safety, police and media reports said. There were no casualties, a police officer said.