TAIPEI, Taiwan — A fire engulfed a 13-story building overnight Thursday in southern Taiwan, killing 14 people and injuring 51.
The building caught on fire around 3 a.m., fire department officials in the city of Kaohsiung said. Firefighters were conducting search and rescue efforts into the afternoon.
While the fire has been put out, the lower levels of the building were completely blackened.
A spokesman for Kaohsiung’s fire department said 14 people showed no signs of life, though in Taiwan official confirmation of a death can only be made in the hospital. 51 people had been taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.