Tuvaluan student perishes in rooftop apartment fire in Taipei

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Google Map of Shihlin District, Taipei

Google Map of Shihlin District, Taipei

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) A student from Tuvalu studying at Ming Chuan University was found dead in a fire that broke out on a rooftop add-on apartment in Taipei's Shihlin District on Thursday night, according to local police.

The student, identified as Alimau Logo Susuga, was studying in Ming Chuan's International Business and Trade Program, the school confirmed Friday.

The police said that the man was found along with a woman, who was also dead at the scene in the illegal structure on top of a three-story apartment building.

In the preliminary police investigation, the woman was only described as Taiwanese. Her identity had not yet been clarified because of the seriously charred condition of her body, the police said.

The cause of the blaze had not yet been determined and the investigation was continuing, the police added.

The fire broke out at around 7 p.m. Upon receiving the report of a blaze, the Shihlin branch of the Taipei Fire Department dispatched 15 vehicles, three ambulances and 58 rescue and paramedical personnel to the scene.

By the time they arrived, however, the fire had already gutted the apartment, the police said.

(By Elizabeth Hsu and Liu Chien-pan)

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