Two, including a Filipino, injured in factory fire in Taoyuan

Taoyuan,  Two men suffered burns in a factory fire in Taoyuan on Sunday, including a Philippine worker who is being treated for third-degree burns covering 90 percent of his body, according to the city’s Fire Department.

The fire, which started at the five-story factory of Sci Pharmtech Inc. in Luzhu District and was reported at 12:14 p.m., spread to five nearby factories before it was contained, the Fire Department said.

The Philippine worker and a Taiwanese, who suffered a burn to his right palm, were both sent to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in neighboring Linkou District in New Taipei, according to the department.

The Taiwanese was held at the hospital for observation for eight hours, while the Filipino has been intubated and is being treated by a specialist burn unit, the hospital said.

Although the smoke from the fire was visible a few kilometers away, and fire trucks were deployed from nearby Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the operator of the international airport said flights were not affected by the blaze.

According to local media, the Fire Department said the fire would probably not be fully extinguished Sunday because of the chemicals stored in the factory and the windy weather.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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