A fire at a government-run hospital in Taiwan's New Taipei City killed nine people on Monday (August 13th) and injured 15, authorities said.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, which broke out on the 7th floor of the building used for hospice care and was extinguished shortly after dawn, authorities added.
New Taipei fire department chief Huang Te-ching said 43 people, including patients and hospital staff, were evacuated after the fire started. Twenty-three people were rushed to other hospitals.
Local media footage showed fire-fighters battling the flames from a crane, as staff rushed patients on hospital beds into the street or into ambulances destined for other hospitals.