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Video shows massive fire break out in Kaohsiung steel mill

70,000-liter oil tank burst into flames at Yieh United Steel Corp. plant

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Fire breaks out in Kaohsiung steel mill. (Kaohsiung City Fire Department photo)

Fire breaks out in Kaohsiung steel mill. (Kaohsiung City Fire Department photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A massive blaze broke out at a steel plant in Kaohsiung Sunday evening (May 9), injuring one and halting operations at the facility.

The Kaohsiung City Fire Department at 9:07 a.m. received a report that a fire had broken out at the Yieh United Steel Corp. (燁聯鋼鐵) plant in Gangshan District. It immediately dispatched 38 vehicles and 81 firefighters from a dozen fire stations to the scene.

Video shows massive fire break out in Kaohsiung steel mill
(Kaohsiung City Fire Department photo)

When firefighters arrived at the factory, they found that a 70,000-liter storage tank full of grinding oil had burst into flames, reported Liberty Times. Firefighters used foam to contain the blaze in the tank while spraying water in the surrounding area to prevent the flames from spreading.

They managed to bring the inferno under control by 11:20 p.m. and fully extinguished it at 11:39 p.m, reported Newtalk. A total of 400 square meters had been damaged.

Video shows massive fire break out in Kaohsiung steel mill
(Kaohsiung City Fire Department photo)

During the fire, a 49-year-old male employee suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his hands, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Doctors said his injures were not life-threatening and that he is in stable condition.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-jung (林欽榮), and Fire Chief Li Ching-hsiu (李清秀) all arrived on the scene to oversee the operations.

Video shows massive fire break out in Kaohsiung steel mill
(Kaohsiung City Fire Department photo)

Based on a preliminary investigation, the fire was the result of "careless operation." Chen has ordered the plant to suspend operations while an investigation is carried out.


Updated : 2021-06-23 01:24 GMT+08:00