Seven people killed in Taipei hotel blaze
Seven people were killed and one critically injured on Monday in the capital city's worst fire in 15 years, police said.world Updated: Mar 02, 2009 18:39 IST
Seven people were killed and one critically injured on Monday in the capital city's worst fire in 15 years, police said.
Twenty people were sleeping in a hotel when the four-storey building was engulfed by flames early in the morning, police said.
It took firefighters just 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze but they found seven bodies -- three Malaysian women and four Taiwanese men -- in the scorched building.
Police said they could not immediately identify the three Malaysian victims as their travel documents had been destroyed in the fire.
A 40-year-old man was severely injured after he was forced to jump from the fourth floor and land on a car parked outside the hotel.
Following an initial investigation, police said they suspected arsonists could have been behind the tragedy.
The hotel passed the safety authorities' routine check in January.