A fire broke out on a building web site close to South Korea’s capital Seoul on Wednesday, killing eight staff and leaving one other 17 presumed dead.
Local fire official Oh Jung-hwan stated the loss of life toll may rise as a result of more individuals had been believed to be trapped contained in the warehouse that was below building in Icheon, simply south of Seoul.
Oh stated that medical doctors had pronounced eight staff dead, while that they had but to formally declare the deaths of one other 17 staff that firefighters say gave the impression to be dead.
Another 14 or the 70 staff on the web site remained unaccounted for or out of contact, stated Seo Seung-hyun, head of the Incheon fire division. A search of the location was ongoing.
Seo stated it took more than 260 emergency staff a number of hours to place out the blaze.
A fire division official was quoted as saying the fire unfold “extraordinarily shortly,” rendering individuals inside “unable to evacuate.”
The blaze was reportedly began by an explosion throughout building work involving flamable urethane used for insulation in a basement flooring.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun instructed authorities officers and the nationwide fire and police companies to mobilize “all obtainable gear and personnel” to assist the search and rescue operation.