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Death toll following freak fire at water park party rises as student dies from burns

Published 02/07/2015 | 08:41

A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wang Wei
A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wang Wei

The death toll from a fire at a Taiwan water park has risen to two, with more than 200 injured still in intensive care.

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Taiwan's Central News Agency said 19-year-old college student Liu Chih-wei died after suffering burns over 90% of his body.

A 20-year-old woman died on Monday after suffering similar injuries when coloured powder sprayed from a stage caught fire at a party on Saturday night.

The report said Mr Liu was a design student at the College of Maritime Technology in Taiwan's capital, Taipei.

Police investigators inspect the stage area after the fire at the Formosa Water Park (AP)
Police investigators inspect the stage area after the fire at the Formosa Water Park (AP)
An injured victim from an explosion during a music concert is treated at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City (AP)
Injured victims from an accidental explosion during a music concert lie on the ground at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Chen Bo
People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Chen Bo
People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wu Chia

Investigators are looking into whether a spark might have triggered the explosion of coloured corn powder thrown into the dancing crowd at Formosa Water Park on the island's west coast on the outskirts of Taipei.

Among the injured was American Alex Haas, 26, of New Hampshire, who suffered burns to his lungs and over 90% of his body.

Taiwan has since banned the use of flammable powders at all public activities.

Injured victims from an accidental explosion during a music concert lie on the ground at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wang Wei
Injured victims from an accidental explosion during a music concert lie on the ground at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wang Wei
In this screen grab taken from ETTV, ambulances arrive after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan (ETTV via AP)
In this screen grab taken from ETTV, an injured concert spectator is treated after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan (ETTV via AP)
In this screen grab taken from ETTV, an injured concert spectator is treated after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan (ETTV via AP)
In this screen grab taken from ETTV, injured concert spectators are treated after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan (ETTV via AP)

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