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Deadly blaze highlights risks of Taiwan's 'ghost buildings'

Weak incentives to improve safety put hundreds more condominiums at risk

 Firefighters search for victims in the 13-story Chengzhongcheng building in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung on Thursday.   © Getty Images

TAIPEI -- A fire that raged through the abandoned lower floors of the 13-story Chengzhongcheng building in Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung left the condominium's last hundred or so residents trapped at the top as smoke and heat poured in.

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