One child, three adults killed in Taichung factory fire

Taipei--One child and three adults were killed early Wednesday in a factory fire in Taichung, fire officials said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene after an emergency call was placed at 4:58 a.m. and found all four individuals on the second floor of the plastics processing plant on Renyi Street in Taichung's Wuri District, according to Taichung Fire Bureau officials.

The victims were a 58-year-old man who ran the factory, his 55-year-old wife, their 2-year-old granddaughter, and the man's 80-year-old mother, officials said.

None of the four people showed any signs of life when they were found by firefighters.

Hospital officials said the child and the 80-year-old woman died before arriving at the hospital, while the man regained a heartbeat four times as medical workers tried to save him before he died from excessive smoke inhalation.

His wife also died after attempts to revive her were not successful, officials said.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the fire as of Wednesday noon.

The brother of the dead factory owner said he immediately called for help after receiving a call from his mother early Wednesday saying that the factory, which was also their home, was on fire.

He said his mother moved to his brother's home just two days ago, while his brother's granddaughter regularly lived at that location.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel