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12 Dead After Taiwan Hospital Fire

October 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on 12 Dead After Taiwan Hospital Fire 

12 Dead After Taiwan Hospital Fire, A blaze tore through a Taiwan hospital for bed-bound seniors and mentally ill patients Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 60, with police reportedly arresting a patient suspected of starting the fire. The fire erupted before dawn at Beimen nursing facility in south Taiwan’s Tainan city, whose 115 patients included people in their 90s, with several left on their own to escape dense smoke that filled the building.

Local media said police had arrested a person believed to be a hospital patient on suspicion of starting the blaze — Taiwan’s worst hospital fire in years. Police and prosecutors declined to comment.

Closed-circuit TV footage taken moments after the blaze broke out showed hospital staff scrambling to put out the fire, while elderly patients struggled to escape down the corridor in their wheelchairs.

“My mother saw the fire and smelled the smoke so she got on her wheelchair and pushed herself out. She is very brave and very lucky,” the daughter of 94-year-old survivor Wang Ho-shou said.

Another patient told Central News Agency he was lucky to escape the fire as he was able to walk on his own and was later rescued by firefighters.

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