One Vietnamese killed in Taoyuan fire, two missing

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One Vietnamese killed in Taoyuan fire, two missing

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) A fire broke out at the warehouse of a logistics company in Taoyuan on Wednesday morning, killing one Vietnamese worker and seriously injuring another, and two other people were still missing, the city's Fire Department said.

According to the department, it received a call at 10:19 a.m. saying that a fire had erupted at the Kerry TJ Logistics facility in Guanyin District and dispatched 39 fire engines and ambulances along with 103 firefighters to the scene.

Upon arriving at the five-story reinforced concrete building, firefighters found that the blaze was concentrated on the second floor, and they moved in after learning that people had been working there.

Two Vietnamese migrant workers were pulled out, according to the department.

A 30-year-old migrant worker was pronounced dead after arriving at a nearby hospital, while the other worker in his 30s was in critical condition.

Two other workers also believed to be Vietnamese remained unaccounted for, the department said, and firefighters continue to look for them.

According to the initial investigation, all of the injured and missing workers were temporary workers with an outside contractor that was working on the facility's air conditioning system, it said.

Firefighters have yet to determine the fire's cause, according to the department.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Flor Wang)

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