TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Thousands of shoppers had to leave the Taipei 101 shopping mall Saturday evening after smoke erupted from its underground food court.
Heavy smoke could be seen from all around the area, one of the Taiwanese capital’s main shopping district, but the fire had reportedly erupted inside a ventilation channel at the food plaza, media reports said.
Even though nobody was reported injured and damage was rumored to be light, the mall decided to close early for the night, the Apple Daily reported.
Fire fighters had arrived en masse on the scene and were still investigating the cause of the smoke production.
The evacuation of the public had taken 20 minutes, Taipei 101 management said.
The incident comes at a difficult time since the landmark tower is preparing for its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, an event which attracts hundreds of thousands of onlookers.