Indonesian caregiver in critical condition following house fire
A five-story house in Changhua, ( ) in which a family of six and an Indonesian caregiver lives, broke into flames in Sunday morning, according to local media reports.
The fire alarm went off at 2:20 a.m. while the Huang ( ) family was asleep due to an electrical short circuit causing flames to break out. When the fire went off, the owner and his two sons escaped, though the grandmother, 82, who lived on the second floor, her Indonesian caregiver and the wife and another son, were trapped in the house.
Firefighters managed to rescue the four from the blaze and sent them to Changhua Christian Hospital ( ) and Show Chwan Memorial Hospital ( ).
According to the news report, the grandmother has an inhalational injury but is now in stable condition, but the caregiver, wife and the son are currently in Intensive Care Units in critical condition; they suffered smoke inhalation injuries and have already undergone endotracheal intubation.
The cause of the fire will be identified after an investigation by Changhua County Fire Department.