Taiwan water park fire claims first victim

A young woman died on Monday, the first fatality among nearly 500 casualties from a weekend blaze at a Taiwan water park, officials said.

Taiwan water park fire claims first victim

World Bulletin / News Desk 

An explosion at a water park in Taiwan that injured almost 500 people has claimed its first victim.

Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) cited doctors at Chung Shan Medical University Hospital in Taichung city as saying Monday that Lee Pei-yun, 20, would be taken off a ventilator once her family arrived at the facility.

Lee had suffered second-degree burns to more than 90 percent of her body after the blast occurred late Saturday at a "Color Play Asia" party when a stage at the New Taipei City venue reportedly caught fire.

It was reportedly caused by flammable powder used during a performance exploding, sending a ball of flame through the air.

Lee’s younger brother, who also suffered burns to 90 percent of his body, is also among the 498 injured who remain in hospital, with 202 in serious condition.

According to the health and welfare ministry, they are receiving treatment at 42 hospitals across Taiwan.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2015, 11:33