The building that housed a hotel used for COVID-19 quarantine until four people died in a fire after being ordered to stay in their rooms will be demolished by the end of the year, the Changhua County government yesterday February 15.
In June 2021, a fire broke out in the building’s empty lower floors, killing three quarantined hotel “guests” and a firefighter who came to their rescue after managers hotel told them to stay in their room. 22 other people were injured.
See previous story: Four dead including firefighter in COVID quarantine hotel fire
The hotel was deemed a dangerous building following the fire and the owner was ordered to demolish it. However, since the owner failed to carry out the demolition within the stipulated time, the Changhua County government took over and opened a bidding process for contractors to carry out the demolition.
Yesterday, February 15, only one offer had been made to carry out the demolition, and it is expected to be accepted at a meeting scheduled for February 21 in the hope that the demolition will go ahead before the end of this year.
The historic 15-storey old building was completed in 1993 and sits in a prime location opposite Changhua City’s main railway station. However, the building’s fortunes declined over the years and it remained virtually empty, with the budget “Passionfruit Business Hotel” residing on the 7th to 9th floors until the fateful fire.
The hotel operator and two staff members have been charged with negligent homicide and negligent bodily injury for their actions during the fire, including telling quarantined inmates to return to their rooms and shut down the doors while smoke billowed through the open emergency doors. .
See previous story: When fear of infection trumps rationality: Three charged in quarantined hotel fire deaths
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