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Death toll after fire at Sinying Hospital rises after fatality

Staff Writer, with CNA

A 77-year-old patient who was injured in a fire at a government-run hospital in southern Taiwan earlier this week died yesterday, bringing the death toll from the incident to 13, a Sinying Hospital spokesman said.

The latest victim of the blaze, which gutted a long-term care ward at Singying Hospital’s Beimen branch in a rural part of Tainan in the early hours of Tuesday, died at the Chi Mei Foundation Hospital’s Chiali branch, the spokesman said.

The victim, identified as Tsai Chiu Yu-chi (蔡邱玉氣), was not breathing and had no heartbeat when she was taken to Chi Mei Hospital, the spokesman said.

“Although she resumed breathing at one point after receiving emergency treatment, she succumbed to respiratory failure,” he said.

Her death could be related to the effects of smoke inhalation, but the exact cause is still pending further investigation, he added.

The fire killed four patients at the scene, while another eight died on the way to nearby hospitals.

More than 50 other patients, suffering mainly from smoke inhalation, were still receiving treatment.

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