Chinese man reported dead in Taiwan fire

Blaze erupted at textile warehouse in Tainan

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A Chinese man is believed to have been killed in a fire in Tainan.

A Chinese man is believed to have been killed in a fire in Tainan. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A man from China who went missing during a fire in Tainan was found dead, according to media reports Saturday.

Around 11 a.m., a huge cloud of black smoke emerged from a warehouse in the Shanhua District believed to be filled with textiles and other flammable materials, the Apple Daily reported.

At the time, one Taiwanese man and five Chinese citizens were believed to be inside the warehouse selecting cloth. A Chinese man aged around 50 and surnamed Li failed to escape with the others, reports said.

The fire services sent 30 trucks and 79 fire fighters, who succeeded in controlling the fire by 12:17 p.m., but about two hours later they found Li’s body.

The cause of the fire still has to be determined, but the blaze destroyed about 1,000 square meters and also spread to a neighboring manufacturer of coffins, the Apple Daily reported.