Police Referred Tenant and Landlady to Procesutors for Building Fire 中市火警6死案 鄭嫌與房東移送地檢複訊

The building fire in Taichung on March 6 took 6 lives and injured another 6. One tenant confessed during police investigation that he had set things on fire in the building in revenge over a dispute with the landlady. The fire again highlighted problems dealing with public safety within old buildings. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen said she will push for the enactment of a new law as the current Waste Disposal Act does not apply to private properties.


Tenants came back to the fire-damaged building on Xingzhong Street to retrieve left-over personal belongings. Preliminary investigation showed that the fire arose from a rental dispute between one tenant and the landlady. Other tenants who survived the fire felt forced to move out of the building and they worry that they will not be able to get compensated.

Tenant of Taichung building on fire: “(Will you move back here by any chance?) No. (Are you planning on moving to other places?) Yes, I'm looking for a new place.”

Tenant of Taichung building on fire: “It's your conflict and not mine. It has nothing to do with me and now I'm left without a home. Who is going to pay me back for all the losses?”

The big fire that broke out in an apartment building on Xingzhong Street in Taichung during the evening on March 6 caused six deaths and six injuries. The tenant surnamed Cheng confessed to setting items packed into common areas in the building by landlady surnamed Chuang on fire to get back at her. The police have referred both Cheng and Chuang over to the prosecutors on suspicion of committing offenses against public safety. The fire again highlighted the problem of quality management of old buildings in Taiwan. 

According to the Urban Development Bureau of Taichung City Government, 43 aged, mixed-used buildings in Taichung have been flagged as they failed to pass public buildings safety inspection checks conducted between October of 2021 to January of 2022. Eight of them have not yet completed their improvements.

Huang Wen-pin, Director, Urban Development Bureau, Taichung: “The five (out of the eight) buildings need more time and money for the repair and remodeling so they have asked for a time extension. The owners of the other three buildings have refused to make any changes and we have given them penalties.”

The Taichung Urban Development Bureau stated that 35 buildings have made improvements in building management, five were permitted an extension to their improvements, and three were given a penalty for not making an improvement. As for fire management, 35 buildings have made improvements while 8 others were permitted an extension in making the improvements. 

Fires in old buildings also have a lot to do with the hoarding and cluttering of items in hallways and common areas since those have helped to intensify the fire in Taichung and other places. Currently, Taichung's Environmental Protection Bureau could only regulate under violations of endangering public safety. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen said she will push for the enactment of a new law.

Lu Shiow-yen, Taichung City Mayor: “We will perhaps inquire the Legislative Yuan on whether Taichung should enact our own local ordinances or request the central government to enact a national law.”

Lu said that the current Waste Disposal Act does not apply to private properties so hoarding in one cannot be intervened or punished. Lu plans to enact either local ordinances or ask the central government to enact national law in dealing with this specific issue.  

 

 

 

 

重新回到興中街的火場,住戶來收拾堪用的個人物品,得知大火原因是因為人為縱火,不少住戶無奈只好搬離,也擔心求償無門。

住戶說:「(記者問:會繼續住這嗎?) 不會,對,正在找房子。」、「你們之間的糾紛牽扯到我們這棟來,你一放火害我無家可歸,這筆我到底要找誰要?」

台中市興中街的住宅大樓6號發生大火,警方依殺人和公共危險等罪嫌,將涉嫌縱火的鄭姓男子和莊姓房東移送地檢署複訊。這起大火也燒出老舊大樓管理問題。根據台中市府都發局統計,去年10月起到今年1月,有43棟複合式大樓因為建築和消防安檢不合格遭列管,目前還有8棟改善中。

台中市都發局長黃文彬指出:「(8棟中)5座大樓是因為它的改善經費工程比較多,所以它申請展期,有3家沒改善的意願,我們已經做裁罰。」

都發局表示,建築管理部分已改善35處、3處已依規處分、5處核准展延改善期限;消防管理部分:已改善35處、8處核准展延改善期限。至於這次大火,是囤積的回收物助長火勢,環保局也只能對公共區域影響公共衛生的部分進行清除,市長盧秀燕也表示將推動修法。

台中市長盧秀燕表示:「我們(台中)是不是要自己修法,或是全國一致的法,也許請立法院來審視。」

盧秀燕表示,目前的廢清法對於私人空間沒有強制規範,因此對私宅的囤積行為,難以執法。將請中央修法,必要時也會訂立自治條例,提供法源依據。

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