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Fire prompts Ko to tackle issue of illegal structures

WIDESPREAD:A fire on Tuesday night that killed one person brought renewed attention to the proliferation of illegal rooftop units and subdivision of apartments

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Construction Management Office official Chang Ming-sen (張明森) said the office already requires owners of illegal structures to install fire alarms.

As about 67 percent of illegal structures have complied, those that do not have fire alarms would be prioritized for demolition, he said.

This is not the first time Ko has focused on illegal rooftop structures and building modifications.

In April 2015, he warned city residents that he would do all he could to stop new illegal structures from being built, but admitted that it would be difficult to retroactively tackle illegal constructions.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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