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Fires

Fire in Taiwan residential building kills 46

Blaze broke out early on Thursday in southern city of Kaohsiung

Jets of water are sprayed as a fire blazes at a residential building in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.   © Kyodo

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- A fire in a residential building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 46 people and injured another 41, the government said on Thursday.

The fire broke out in the 40-year-old building in Kaohsiung's Yancheng district in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished around dawn.

The Kaohsiung fire department said in a statement that after completing a search of the building they were able to confirm 46 deaths.

Mayor Chen Chi-mai said the building was partly abandoned, having previously been host to restaurants, karaoke lounges and a cinema.

The government is investigating the cause including whether arson was to blame.

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