TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A massive fire broke out at a residential building in Northern Tainan on Wednesday (April 7).
Tainan City Government Fire Bureau's Sixth Disaster Relief and Rescue Brigade dispatched 21 trucks and 47 firefighters to Beizhong Street in the city's North District after receiving a report of a fire at 4:43 p.m. Flames and plumes of grey and yellow smoke, which could be seen from the Tainan Train Station, billowed from a one-story brick bungalow.
According to fire chief Chang Ming-Chin (張明欽), the blaze was put out at 5:18 p.m.and there were no deaths or casualties. Because the firefighters arrived in time, the inferno did not spread to neighboring buildings.
Out of precaution, a motorcycle store on the same street had moved all its vehicles out of its garage to prevent an explosion.
Since the fire broke out at a residence, the fire chief urged residents to install fire alarms in their households. He stated that a fire alarm "will alert users when fire hazards occur and mitigate future fire hazards.”
Firefighters explain importance of residential fire alarms. (Tainan City Fire Bureau's Sixth Brigade photo)
Fire trucks arrive at site of fire. (Taiwan News, Venice Tang photo)