Cigarettes or spark suspected in Taiwan fire that burned 498

Cigarettes or spark suspected in Taiwan fire that burned 498

Investigators in Taiwan were focusing Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned 498 people at a weekend water park party when colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire.

More than 400 people remained hospitalized, including 202 in serious condition, city officials said. Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported one death, a 20-year-old woman with burns to 90 percent of her body who was taken off life support with her family’s consent. It said her 12-year-old brother also had burns on 90 percent of his body.

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