In suspected arson, at least seven people killed in South Korean building fire

At least seven people have died after a fire broke out at a lawyer’s office in the South Korean city of Daegu on Thursday, Reuters news agency reported citing local firefighters. The accident injured around 40 people.

The tragic accident was apparently caused by suspected arson. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that the suspected arsonist died in the blaze.

Media also reported that the fire started in the late morning on the second floor of a seven-story office building near the city’s district court.

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The region’s fire station informed that about 160 firefighters with 50 fire engines have been mobilized by the authorities. It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. Police and firefighters are investigating the cause and motive of the fire.

As quoted by media, the Daegu Fire Department said seven people were confirmed dead, including an unidentified man. The department also added that at least 49 other people were injured. In most cases, smoke inhalation was the cause.

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In an ABC News report Park Seok-jin, Daegu’s Suseong District fire chief reportedly said the high death toll may have been due to the building not having sprinklers in the offices.

Notably, Daegu was the site of one of the worst arson attacks in South Korean history. At least 192 people died in 2003 when a 56-year-old man set fire to a subway train.


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