Officials say the death toll from a fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has further risen to 46 people.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Officials say the death toll from a fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has further risen to 46 people. Fire authorities Thursday said at least another 41 people were injured. The 13-story building caught fire around 3 a.m.

Thursday, fire officials in the city of Kaohsiung said. A fire department statement said the blaze was “extremely fierce” and destroyed many floors.

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The building is about 40 years old with shops on the lower levels and apartments above. The lower floors were completely blackened.

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