At Least 7 Killed in Explosion and Fire in Daegu, South Korea

SEOUL — At least seven folks had been killed and dozens of others injured after an explosion began a hearth on Thursday on the workplaces of a legislation agency in the southern metropolis of Daegu, South Korea, based on the police.

The police mentioned the blaze was being investigated as arson, and after a evaluate of safety digicam footage, a 50-year-old man was recognized as a suspect. The man is believed to have died on the web site, the police mentioned. He was not instantly recognized.

No details about a possible motive was instantly launched, however native information shops reported that the police had been investigating whether or not the fireplace had been began by a disgruntled shopper over a case.

The hearth broke out at about 10:55 a.m. in a seven-story office constructing subsequent to Daegu District Court, based on an officer with the police division in Daegu, which is about 170 miles from Seoul, the capital. The authorities mentioned they obtained studies of a loud explosion and black smoke coming from the legislation agency’s workplaces, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Nearly 60 hearth vans and about 150 firefighters had been deployed to the positioning, and they extinguished the fireplace in about 20 minutes. Firefighters rescued about 40 folks from the constructing, officers mentioned.

South Korea has seen various high-profile fires in latest years, a few of which have been linked to lax security requirements. In April 2020, a hearth at a warehouse in Icheon, southeast of Seoul, killed 38 staff. Another hearth engulfed a high-rise house constructing in town of Ulsan in October of that year, forcing the evacuation of tons of of individuals. In 2018, a blaze at a hospital that additionally served as a nursing house in the southern metropolis of Miryang killed 37.

In 1995, gasoline leaks at Daegu building websites set off explosions and flames that killed not less than 100 folks, a lot of them youngsters.

(*7*)Jin Yu Young reported from Seoul, and Tiffany May from Hong Kong. John Yoon contributed reporting from Seoul.

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