Taoyuan, Taiwan: Three dead following warehouse fire, one in critical condition

UPDATE: Three people have died with one man left in a critical condition

Kerry Logistics warehouse in Taoyuan from a distance

Kerry Logistics warehouse in Taoyuan from a distance (CNA photo)

UPDATE (Thursday 2.00 p.m.): CNA now reports three workers have died with one man left in a critical condition.

UPDATE (6:20 p.m.): CNA has reported that one victim pulled from the fire has died, while another is seriously injured. Two other workers are still missing.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A cargo warehouse in Guanyin District (觀音區) of Taoyuan, belonging to the Kerry Logistics Company caught fire at some time before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6

Rescuers dispatched to the scene reportedly rescued two Vietnamese employees from the burning building. However, there are four employees who have not yet been accounted for. The employees all reportedly hold Vietnamese nationality.

According to a witness, two workers from a group of six escaped the fire before rescuers arrived, leaving two people potentially missing.

Rescuers removed the two victims from the burning structure at approximately 11:00 a.m, but neither showed signs of life, reports CNA. They were sent to a nearby hospital for emergency medical attention.

Police and fire fighters remain onsite, and are conducting an investigation into the source of the fire. Apple Daily reports that a company charged with maintenance work on the warehouse’s air conditioning and temperature control were working on the second floor this morning.

There were reports of an explosion on the second floor before the fire. Some flammable alcohol was also being stored on that floor and may have ignited, according to one report. However, authorities have not yet confirmed any details on the how the fire started.

Updated : 2020-12-01 00:24 GMT+08:00