Two Vietnamese women died and two others were injured in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning at an apartment building in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, news website Focus Taiwan reported.
According to the report, a Taiwanese man in his 80s surnamed Kao and two of his Vietnamese tenants, one aged 32 and the other in her 50s, were killed after the fire consumed the three-storey building.
The 32-year-old woman’s husband and daughter surnamed Nguyen also sustained minor injuries.
They were rescued by firefighters from the top floor of the building.
The Vietnamese family rented the third floor of the building from Kao.
Initial investigations by Taiwanese police indicated that the fire may have started on the second floor, where Kao lived.
Some of the four Vietnamese living on the third floor smelled something burning downstairs, but when they went to alert their landlord, smoke had covered the place.
Seventeen fire trucks and 57 firefighters managed to put out the fire which engulfed the second and third floors of the building in some 40 minutes.
Taiwanese police are still investigating.