A fire engulfed a golf ball manufacturing facility in Taiwan, resulting in the tragic loss of at least six lives, including three brave firefighters who perished in a harrowing explosion.
This calamity unfolded on Friday evening, persisting throughout the night, and left over 100 individuals injured, primarily factory workers, according to the Pingtung county government.
As the blaze continued to ravage the factory, one firefighter and three individuals remained unaccounted for, raising concerns about their safety and well-being.
On a somber Saturday morning, President Tsai Ing-wen made a poignant visit to the disaster site, extending her heartfelt condolences to the grieving families of the victims.
She pledged a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the root cause of this tragic incident and expressed her gratitude to the dedicated emergency response teams. President Tsai offered these words of solace: “I want to thank everyone for their hard work and please stay safe.”
During her visit, the President also paid her respects at the morgue, offering her condolences to the departed, and made a compassionate visit to the hospital to check on the well-being of the injured survivors.
An official from the Pingtung Fire Department disclosed to local media that the presence of chemical peroxide within the factory might have triggered a series of explosions, including one substantial blast, which led to a section of the factory’s roof collapsing. This caused several individuals to become trapped within the perilous aftermath of the incident.