Taiwan patient starts hospital fire

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By Laura Marrinan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 67-year-old cancer patient admitted to starting a fire at a hospital in Taiwan that resulted in at least 12 deaths and 60 injuries, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Lin Chi-hsiung admitted he started the fire because he was upset over his illness, Tseng Chao-kai, head prosecutor for the Tainan District Prosecutor's Office told CNN.

Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation and were too frail to run from their beds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The injured victims were rushed to 13 hospitals, CNN reported. So far, only two patients have been released.

The fire started on the second floor of the building in a storage room. Hospital workers were seen on tape frantically attempting to save patients, the Wall Street Journal reported. Patients were being wheeled out of their rooms in beds, and nurses were performing CPR on patients outside of the hospital.

Although the high number of deaths is being attributed to the health of the patients, some sources are examining if the hospital was short staffed at the time, CNN reported.
The Department of Health said it will grant $1,700 to the families of the dead and $680 to the injured, according to CNN.

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