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28 die, 26 injured in building fire

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Smoke rises as firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an eight-floor building in Jecheon, South Korea.


A fire broke out yesterday at an eight-storey building in the central South Korean city of Jecheon, killing 28 people and injuring 26 others.

Late yesterday, a fire department official said the toll could rise as rescuers continued to search the building after putting out the fire.

He said many of the people who died had been using a public bath on the second and third floors, which made it harder for them to escape.

Organisers for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said the Olympic torch relay had been scheduled to pass through Jecheon today, but the route has been revised as a result of the tragedy.

Local media showed firefighters battling the blaze with trucks and helicopters, and a man jumping from a window as fire fighters held a mattress below.

It was unclear what caused the fire, but it likely began at the building's parking lot, according to fire officials. The building had several restaurants and leisure facilities, including a gym, the public bath and an indoor golf practice facility.