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2 Dead after a fire broke out in paper factory in Taichung Taiwan

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Taichung, Taiwan- Two firefighters died yesterday, October 3, 2019, while determined to thier difficult task in tackling a factory fire in Taichung, central Taiwan, according to the city's Fire Bureau.

Three rapid response teams were then sent into the factory to search for the two firefighters, who were later found crushed under debris.

They were among a group of 87 firefighters dispatched to the factory in Daya District, where a fire was reported at around 1:45 a.m.

firefighter tells that what happen to the said the factory, which produced paper products, was divided into two adjacent buildings, one of which housed a production line and the other which served as storage and office space.

When first responders arrived at the scene, the production line was already engulfed in flames, from which area the fire likely spread to the adjacent storage facilities.

After entering and discovering no smoke on the building's first floor, the firefighters proceeded to the second floor, where they lost contact with crew members outside, the firefighter said.

The two men, name Hsieh Chih-hsiung, 33, and Chang Che-chia, 32, lost contact with their fire crew at 3:22 a.m. after entering the factory to search for the starting point of the fire, the firefighter said.

Three rapid response teams were then sent into the factory to search for the two firefighters, who were later found crushed under debris.

Taichung City Government announced that the address where the fire occurred had been listed as an illegal structure and was slated for destruction.

The National Fire Agency expressed condolences for the deaths, stating that they will aid the Taichung City government in investigating the cause of the fire, as well as setting up an advisory group on fire command and disaster relief safety.



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