Taiwan elementary school principal perishes in fire

Conflagration in New Taipei City takes three lives, students mourn death of beloved mentor and headmaster at elementary school in Yingge

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House fire in Yingge, New Taipei. (Facebook)

House fire in Yingge, New Taipei. (Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A pre-dawn house fire erupted in Yingge (鶯歌), New Taipei City on Monday (Oct. 21), killing Fengming Elementary School Principal Tseng Chun-Kai (曾俊凱), his wife and their 19-year-old nephew.

According to Liberty Times, fire crews were called to the scene around 1 a.m. on Monday after fire was seen coming from the ground floor of the house and eventually reaching the second and third floors. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fengming Elementary School Counseling Director Wang Hui Wen (王蕙雯) said Tseng had a wonderful relationship with the students and faculty and would go to work even on weekends, reported UDN. Tseng had devoted himself to Taiwan’s primary education since 1987 and was appointed as principal of the school in 2013.

Teachers and students of Fengming Elementary School held a one-minute silence this morning in remembrance of the late principal. New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) also expressed his condolences to Tseng's family.

Fengming Elementary School Principal Tseng Chun-Kai (曾俊凱) (Facebook)