Fire Breaks Out at Zhonghua Night Market|台中中華夜市遭縱火 火勢延燒民宅店面


An arson investigation is underway after a fire broke out at Taichung's Zhonghua Night Market. It spread quickly and affected people living on Taiwan Boulevard. Over 100 firefighters were sent to the scene and rescued nine people. Among them, three were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Police arrested a suspect in his 20s on the scene, who said he started the fire because he was in a bad mood.


A storefront is swallowed by flames as firefighters break down the door.

Many residents were woken by flames and found themselves trapped. Fortunately, firefighters were able to rescue them. The residents blamed illegal structures in back alleyways.

Look back there. Look at the damage. Do you see it? Back there, back there, back there.

The fire started at Taichung's Zhonghua Night Market around 3 a.m. on the 21st. Over 100 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Three of the nine people rescued were treated for smoke inhalation. Police arrested a man surnamed Lin.

(The suspect) said he was in a bad mood. Right now, we don't know the actual reason he started the fire.

Police say a storeowner reported Lin for suspicious behavior and Lin was seen starting a fire after they arrived on the scene.

He was loitering and I thought he was acting suspiciously. He seemed like he was high or something.

The fire department says the fire spread quickly to Taiwan Boulevard because of illegal buildings in back alleyways.

There are many illegal structures that are also obstructions.

The illegal buildings and additions are mostly wood and the fire spread over our way.

One area resident says the district has a mix of commercial and residential buildings and back alleyways are filled with illegal structures, which makes firefighting a challenge. The investigation is ongoing.



熊熊大火將店面整個吞噬,消防人員一面拉起水線,同時趕緊破門。

大火來的又快又急,許多住戶醒來才發現受困,消防人員趕緊搬來梯子,將受困的民眾救下來。不過最讓住戶擔心的,是後方的鐵皮加蓋還在延燒。

「你看後面,燒成這樣,都還沒有(處理),你有看到嗎?後面,後面,後面。」

21號凌晨三點,台中市中區的中華路夜市發生火警,消防人員出動一百多名人力到現場救援,被救出的九個人中,有三人受到嗆傷送醫。而事發之後第一時間,警方在現場發現這名林姓男子,隨即將他壓制逮捕。

台中市第一分局偵查隊副隊長 鐘劍貴表示:「他(林姓男子)只有坦承,因為心情不好,但實際上,為何會有縱火行為,暫時不願意交代。」

嫌犯第一時間被帶往偵訊,警方表示,當時店家發現這名男子行跡可疑,向警方報案,警方到場後男子隨即以瓦斯桶縱火。

遭波及店家表示:「他就在那邊閒晃呀,我就覺得,他怪怪的,就是感覺,他好像有吃藥,這樣。」

消防局表示,這起火警從中華路的店面延燒,就連台灣大道的店家也被波及,主要是後方的巷道全被鐵皮加蓋覆蓋,也讓救援一度困難。

台中市消防局第七大隊大隊長 吳進宗表示:「有很多鐵皮屋(加蓋),算是違建吧,很多都是違建加蓋的,動線比較不好。」

當地住戶表示:「是後面,都是木造(和加蓋),延燒到我們這邊來。」

當地住戶表示,當地屬於老舊住商混和區,店家後方的巷弄幾乎都被鐵皮蓋滿,導致防火巷無法發揮功能。而確切起火原因,還要進一步調查。

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