A massive fire engulfed a 13-story residential building in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Thursday, killing at least 46 people and leaving at least 41 injured.
According to Taiwan's official Central News Agency, the fire broke out at around 3 AM and quickly spread throughout the commercial and residential complex.
"There was a "boom" noise and then there was fire. The power lines may have been outside these few days there have been "boom" sounds from the power lines."
The local fire department has said that, while the cause of the fire is still unclear, an investigation is underway based on reports that it was burning intensely in a pile of debris on the first floor.
CNA reports that local police are not ruling out what they called "human factors."
Around 75 vehicles and more than 160 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
The fire was put out at around 7 in the morning, but search and rescue efforts continued long into the afternoon.
62 people between the ages of 8 and 83 were rescued and taken to hospital.
However, the city's fire chief warns that the number of casualties could increase as some people might still be trapped.
The mixed residential and commercial building was built over 40 years ago and is home to around 1-hundred-20 households.
Many of them are known to be senior citizens with dementia or physical disabilities.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivered her "deepest condolences" to the victims on Facebook, promising that the government will "spare the most efforts" in rescuing and resettling them.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.