SEOUL, South Korea – At least seven people were killed and 27 others were injured in a fire at a local bus terminal near Seoul on Monday, fire and hospital officials said.
The blaze occurred about 9:10 a.m. at an underground construction site of the Goyang Bus Terminal in Goyang, just northwest of Seoul, firefighters said. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes.
The injured were taken to nearby hospitals for smoke inhalation, officials said, adding that up to eight people were in critical condition.
The bodies of the victims were found at the construction site of a food court located on the first basement level of the building, the firefighters said, adding that their identities have not yet been confirmed.
The fire, which sent black smoke billowing into the sky, caused a rush-hour traffic jam around the area.
Firefighting authorities said they suspect the fire was started by sparks from welding work.
Source: Busan eFM News