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South Korea Office Building Fire Kills at Least 7

At least seven people were killed and dozens of others were injured on Thursday in a fire that spread through an office building in South Korea’s Daegu city, local fire and police officials said.

Dozens of firefighters and vehicles were deployed to put out the blaze, which began around 10:55am on the second floor of a seven-floor office building near the city’s District Court, said Shin Ju-han, a Daegu Fire Department official. Seven people were so far confirmed as dead and 35 others were hospitalised with injuries, including nine whose conditions are serious.

South Korean media published photos they said were received from witnesses that showed smoke emerging from the building and emergency workers in protective gear engaging in rescue efforts.

The blaze occurred in Beomeo-dong, an affluent business district in Daegu, which is South Korea’s fourth-largest city and home to more than 2.6 million people.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. The Daegu Metropolitan Police did not immediately confirm whether there was a possibility of arson.

Source : SCMP