Massive flames gutted a vacant cotton factory Monday night in southern Taiwan, local media report.
Shortly before 10 p.m., flames reaching hundreds of feet into the sky erupted at the Sanmingli factory in Tainan City’s salt-water district. It burned nearly 11 hours and damaged more than 400 square meters of production space.
Flammable waste stored inside the factory created thick smoke, forcing firefighters to don breathing apparatus.
Fire authorities dispatched 20 emergency vehicles to the scene.