Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

12 killed in nursing home blaze

Investigation teams search for possible causes of a fire that swept through a nursing home in Taiwan (AP)

A midnight fire at a Taiwanese nursing home has killed 12 elderly patients and injured 70 others.

Hsinying Hospital official Tsai Ming-shih said the patients died of smoke inhalation as fire tore through the nursing home on the second floor of the hospital in Tainan city.

Mr Tsai said the fire was put out in 40 minutes, but most of the victims were bedridden and too frail to flee.

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