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Second death after water park fire

Published 02/07/2015

American Roger Haas with a photo of his son Alex, who was seriously burned in the fire. (AP)
American Roger Haas with a photo of his son Alex, who was seriously burned in the fire. (AP)

The death toll from a fire at a Taiwan water park has risen to two, with more than 200 injured still in intensive care.

Taiwan's Central News Agency said 19-year-old college student Liu Chih-wei died after suffering burns over 90% of his body.

A 20-year-old woman died on Monday after suffering similar injuries when coloured powder sprayed from a stage caught fire at a party on Saturday night.

The report said Mr Liu was a design student at the College of Maritime Technology in Taiwan's capital, Taipei.

Investigators are looking into whether a spark might have triggered the explosion of coloured corn powder thrown into the dancing crowd at Formosa Water Park on the island's west coast on the outskirts of Taipei.

Among the injured was American Alex Haas, 26, of New Hampshire, who suffered burns to his lungs and over 90% of his body.

Taiwan has since banned the use of flammable powders at all public activities.

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