Woman arrested in southern Taiwan on suspicion of arson, patricide

28 year old woman charged with setting fire to her family home in Tainan, resulting in her father's death

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Photo from Tainan Fire Department

Photo from Tainan Fire Department

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 28 year old woman has been arrested in Tainan on suspicion of arson in a fire at her family home, which resulted in the death of her father and the injury of two other family members.

The fire happened in the early morning on May 16 around 3:00 a.m. on the third floor of an apartment building in Tainan's Yongkang District (永康區). The fire department was able to get the fire under control around 4:15 a.m.

Liu’s father, 54 years old, was found dead in the master bedroom. Liu’s younger brother and mother were safely rescued from the fire, but have been hospitalized for burns to their hands and feet, as well as internal injuries caused by smoke inhalation.

Upon investigation, authorities determined that the fire was not an accident and that it had been deliberately set. Police reportedly took the daughter in for questioning on Friday night and placed her under arrest in the early hours of Saturday morning (May 18).

The young woman, surnamed Liu (劉), is reportedly a former medical student that failed to pass the necessary exams. Being unemployed for several years, she reportedly fought often with her family members.

After questioning neighbors the day following the incident, a neighbor told police that they were awakened by the sound of car door slamming in the early morning hours. The witness reported that he looked out his window and saw Liu carrying a container of gasoline from her vehicle near the family home, according to Liberty Times.

Investigators then traced Liu’s movements to a nearby gas station where she was captured on video purchasing 17 liters of gasoline, reports UDN.

The case has been handed to the district prosecutor's office who will conduct a full criminal investigation into the circumstances of the crime.