台中大火二名消防員殉職 再掀違章工廠安全問題 | Two firefighters died while battling blaze in Taichung factory

Fire engulfed a sheet-metal factory in Taichung City around 1 am today, resulting in the deaths of two firefighters battling the huge blaze. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)
Fire engulfed a sheet-metal factory in Taichung City around 1 am today, resulting in the deaths of two firefighters battling the huge blaze. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】台中市一處免洗餐具鐵皮工廠,在今(3)凌晨 1 時許驚傳爆炸聲響,隨之竄出熊熊火光,消防隊獲報後立刻趕往搶救,然而有 2 名到場支援的消防員進入火場後便失去聯繫,至上午 8 時許終於尋獲人員,分別為 33 歲謝志雄以及 32 歲張哲嘉,2 人確定罹難。

Fire engulfed a sheet-metal factory in Taichung City around 1 am today, resulting in the deaths of two firefighters battling the huge blaze.

The two victims, 33-year-old Hsieh Chih-hsiung and 32-year-old Chang Che-chia, were reported missing right after they arrived at the scene. The fire brigade found them around 8 am and confirmed the two have passed.

綜合媒體報導,3 日凌晨 1 時 45 分臺中市政府消防局救災救護指揮中心接獲位於大雅區中和六路一處鐵皮工廠發生火警,警消獲報後立即派遣人員前往現場,出動了各式消防車共 26 輛、消防人員 87 名、義消人員 28 人前往搶救。

Local media reported that the Fire Bureau of Taichung City Government received a fire alarm from the disposable tableware factory located on Zhonghe 6th Road in Daya District, Taichung City at 1:45 am today. The fire department immediately dispatched 26 fire engines, 87 firefighters and 28 volunteer firemen to the scene.

報導指出,警消抵達現場後,首先確認無人員受困工廠內,然而由於鐵皮搭建的廠房內堆積了大量紙類原料,火勢一發不可收拾。到了凌晨 3 時許,西屯分隊 2 名隊員謝志雄、張哲嘉進入火場探測溫度,卻傳出失聯,隊員懷疑 2 人受困在 2 樓倉庫中,現場指揮官則立即指派 3 組救援小組輪流前往火場內部搜尋卻未果。到了上午 8 時許,隊員終於在 2 樓倉庫中找到了 2 名隊員,2 人的身上還背著氣瓶,卻已不幸罹難。

According to local media, the brigade first made sure no one was trapped in the factory when they arrived. However, the abundance of paper material stocked in the factory stoked the fire, and it began to spread and burn out of control. Hsieh and Chang entered the scene around 3 a.m. but lost connection right away. They were surmised to be trapped in the warehouse on the second floor, and others were sent in to rescue them. The initial search failed, and only around 8 a.m. were they finally found, already dead.

The fire department immediately sent personnel to the scene, dispatching 26 fire engines, 87 firefighters and 28 volunteer firemen. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)
The fire department immediately sent personnel to the scene, dispatching 26 fire engines, 87 firefighters and 28 volunteer firemen. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)

報導指出,發生大火的工廠是未登記的違章工廠,警方已找到工廠負責人偵訊中已了解火警經過。另有數個非政府組織包員括消防員工作權益促權進會表示,失事工廠沒有登記,甚至是在六月《工廠管理輔導法》修法後,只要兩年內完成申請就能就地合法,然而不完善的配套措施讓這類違章工廠疏於管理,危及消防員生命安全。

Local media reported that the factory did not register as a legal business, and the police department have found and questioned the people liable to clarify the incident. Furthermore, several non-government organizations (NGOs), including the National Association for Firefighter’s Rights, said such illegal factories could be easily legalized within two years following the factory act, which was passed in June. However, NGOs said that the lack of corresponding measures leads to negligence of illegal factories management, and could threaten the safety and life of firefighters.

其中罹難的消防隊員謝志雄,和目前懷有雙胞胎身孕的太太育有一子,今年 8 月初父親節前夕,謝男還在臉書 PO 文表示:「今年父親節大禮實在太刺激太驚喜了。胖寶以後多兩個妹妹陪他搗蛋了!# 未來的日子充滿挑戰 # 兩位妹妹要平安長大呀!」原本準備迎接幸福美滿的日子,沒想到如今卻殉職,令許多人感到不捨。

According to the deceased, Hsieh Chih-hsiung’s Facebook account, he had just gotten the news that he was going to become a father of twins this August, making his home a family of five. He then wrote on Facebook: “Father’s Day this year is full of surprises! We are welcoming two little girls. The upcoming days will be challenging. Wish the two girls a safe and peaceful future.” Aug. 8th is Father’s Day in Taiwan. 

By NOWnews News Desk and Carol Kan