Taipei: The devastating fire in Taiwan’s Hsinying hospital on Tuesday, that killed 12 and wounded more than 70, is said to have been set by a resident patient, according to police.
Taiwan Police have not identified the man, who they say, has confessed to setting the hospital on fire.
Local TV reports say he set the fire because he was unhappy about his own protracted illness.
The resident home is on the second floor of the in the southern city of Tainan. Hospital official Tsai Ming-shih says most of the victims were bedridden and too frail to run for their lives.
Tsai says all the fatalities resulted from smoke inhalation. He says the fire was extinguished about 40 minutes after it broke out and rescuers evacuated more than 100 patients to safe locations.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 15:47