Lane 277 in Section 4, Chengde Road in Shilin district, Taipei. Photo: Google Maps

A serious fire that broke out on rooftop structures in a residential area of Taipei has claimed the lives of a foreign man and woman. A Taiwanese resident was also injured, along with a firefighter hurt during rescue efforts on Thursday evening.

A three-story building with an additional floor of studio rooms made of corrugated iron sheets on the roof in Lane 277, Section 4 of Chengde Road in Shilin district reportedly caught on fire at 7pm, The Liberty Times reported.

The blaze soon spread to the neighboring units, due to strong winds and inflammable structure materials. Officers and firefighters arrived at the scene to assist the emergency evacuation of 14 residents in the buildings.

The blaze was put out by 8:20pm, and a firefighter was injured during the rescue.

The fire started from a rooftop with four studio rooms, two of which were rented out. A local Taiwanese man on that balcony was rescued.

According to Taiwan Apple Daily, the bodies of a foreign man and a foreign woman were found lying on the floor in the adjacent room.

The landlord told the newspaper that he rented the room to a foreign man from Tuvalu, which has diplomatic relations with Taiwan, who was studying at Ming Chuan University. However, it was uncertain if he was the deceased, as he could be away during the summer holiday.

Taiwan authorities were seeking to identify the deceased man and woman, as well as investigating the actual cause of the fire.

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