Tsai said the Pingtung County government has set up an emergency operations center to provide istance to people affected by the fire.
A fire and subsequent explosion at a golf ball factory in southern Taiwan has killed at least five people and injured more than 100 others, and five people are still missing. The fire at the factory in Pingtung County broke out on Friday night and continued to rage throughout the night. Officials said three firefighters were also among the dead. Officials said rescue workers were still searching for four factory workers and a firefighter who remained unaccounted for. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed condolences to the families of the victims in a speech in Taipei on Saturday and said she would travel to Pingtung to meet those affected by the disaster, according to Taiwanese news outlet Focus Taiwan.
Tsai said the Pingtung County government has set up an emergency operations center to provide istance to people affected by the fire. Pingtung County Magistrate Chou Chun-mi said in a Facebook post that the cause of the fire was still being investigated. After visiting the funeral home and meeting the families of the victims, she said in the post that facing the grief of the family members, I cannot say anything other than to bow deeply, apologize and express my deepest condolences.
Officials said natural gas may have contributed to the explosions, which occurred as firefighters were attempting to extinguish the blaze.