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Taiwan hospital fire kills 12, injures 72 people

Published on Oct 23, 2012 10:14 AM

TAIPEI (AFP) - At least 12 people were killed and 72 injured when a blaze tore through a hospital in southern Taiwan on Tuesday, health authorities said.

The fire started in the early hours in a nursing facility housing mainly bed-bound patients in Tainan city, a local health official said.

The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment and the cause of the fire was under investigation, she said.

A fire official told reporters that the blaze possibly started in a storage room on the second floor of the five-floor building, part of the public Sinying Hospital.

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